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Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix

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The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is an urban park and gathering place, located in front of the Arizona state capitol complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It serves as a home to a number of memorials honoring prominent figures in Arizona history as well as memorializing significant wars and other events that have had an impact on the state. It is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.HistoryThe plaza was established on March 9, 1978, by the Arizona Legislature in honor of Governor Wesley Bolin, who had died a mere 5 days previously on March 4. Prior to the resolution creating the plaza, it had simply been a part of the Legislative Governmental Mall. While the plaza exists only as a part of the Mall, in common usage the terms are interchangeable and the name of the plaza is often used in preference to the Mall.Much like the National Mall on which it is loosely based, the Legislative Governmental Mall is intended as an open-air public space featuring monuments, memorials and gardens. Some of these monuments were erected prior to the inception of the Plaza, such as the monument to the USS Arizona which was dedicated over a year earlier on December 7, 1976. The Plaza, when dedicated, included these existing memorials and all subsequent memorials have been located within the boundaries of the plaza.
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  • While the statutes of military war veterans are very moving, the one I thank most people should see is the one to the NAVAJO CODE TALKERS. Their story is one of the greatest of WWII. One more that is ...  more »
  • Many years ago I visited our state capitol on my birthday. It was the first of many b-days that I decided to go somewhere I had not been before. It was the only time I was ever at the state capitol. O...  more »
  • We went here actually to find the Statue of Father Albert Braun, who was a close family friend, but were overwhelmed by this memorial tribute to Arizonans who gave all for their country or community (...  more »