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 affected 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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Phoenix holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This memorial area next to the old Arizona capital building has several monuments & memorials set in a well-designed & beautifully landscaped park. There is plenty of free parking. Come here if you....  more
    This memorial area next to the old Arizona capital building has several monuments & memorials set in a well-designed & beautifully landscaped park. There is plenty of free parking. Come here if you....  more »
  • This is a beautiful and peaceful space in the city of Phoenix. Plenty of free parking. We came here on Veteran's Day, not too many people. A lot of memorials and USS Arizona anchor is here. A lot....  more
    This is a beautiful and peaceful space in the city of Phoenix. Plenty of free parking. We came here on Veteran's Day, not too many people. A lot of memorials and USS Arizona anchor is here. A lot....  more »
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  • If you are visiting west of the downtown Phoenix area, stop by Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. It holds a collection of around 30 monuments and memorials to the history of Arizona and beyond. One of my favorite pieces is the anchor/mast/memorial to USS Arizona. Check inside the capitol museum for more pieces from USS Arizona. Others include a Korean War Memorial with a large bell structure, a Vietnam War memorial reminiscent of the paneled wall in Washington DC, and the 911 Memorial.
  • A peaceful solumn place. You can feel the sacrifice and dedication of all those memorialized there. Two men were polishing the Gold Star memorial. Their commitment to their loves ones who died was touching.

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