The Veterans Memorial is located at the Ash Avenue Bridge Abutment and consists of three main areas in Tempe Beach Park.
The veterans parade concept plans features 80 silhouette panels of steel representing veterans of each service throughout history. Made of laser cut steel, they will outline marching officers, enlisted men and women in full dress and battle fatigues.
Ash Avenue Bridge Abutment
The City of Tempe is committed to the preservation and rehabilitation of the Ash Avenue Bridge Abutment and its integration into the fabric and activity of Tempe Beach Park. The bridge abutment concept plans have been developed illustrating a restored structure supporting an observation platform above and housing a visitor information kiosk below.
The plaza concept plans includes a 100 foot diameter plaza paved with a five pointed star of Arizona Flagstone. At the center stands five rough boulders. Each stone stands for one of the five Services: Coastguard, Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force. Each of the Service Stones would be unique, and could be quarried at a significant site that represents the Service it stands for. Ten flag poles with benches will surround the Stone Court and the perimeter railing will echo the historic bridge railing.
For information go to www.riosaladofoundation.org or call (480) 473-0245. The center will be owned and operated by the City of Tempe.