State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to honoring assassinated reporter Don Bolles in the same way Arizona honors various veterans, pioneer women, the Ten Commandments and Jesuit missionary Father Kino. Without dissent the House Government Committee authorized placement of a memorial to The Arizona Republic investigative reporter in Wesley Bolin Plaza.
The next time someone pours paint on, tars-and-feathers or tries to topple a monument somewhere in Arizona, one state lawmaker wants the vandal to face a prison sentence equivalent to child molesters and people who commit manslaughter. Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, wrote in a Facebook post late last week that she plans to introduce legislation […]
After repeated calls to remove the confederate monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza (near the Arizona Capitol) have fallen short, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has a new plan -- relocate it to the Capitol Museum.
Frances Willard Munds explained in a celebration speech in November 1912 how Arizona’s suffrage movement was “probably the most unique in history.”
A commission that oversees the myriad monuments at Wesley Bolin Plaza approved a provocative addition to a Vietnam veterans’ memorial aimed at correcting what a group of veterans argue is lingering misinformation about the war.
That was fast – a car hit the newly unveiled Ernest W. McFarland Memorial on March 3, not even three weeks after the memorial was christened on Statehood Day.
In May 2013, Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2136, sponsored by Rep. Bob Robson, authorizing the construction of a statewide memorial on Wesley Bolin Plaza to commemorate the loss of 104 firefighters and paramedics in Arizona since 1902. A polished black granite wall will surround most of the site with firefighter names, dates and departments engraved in its slanted top.
The Arizona Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial to be built in Wesley Bolin Plaza is still 19 months from completion, but the fundraising and plans to complete it are well underway.
One day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt told the nation that Dec. 7, 1941, was “a date which will live in infamy.”
Seventy-two years later, on Dec. 7, 2013, at an event that represents the opposite of infamy — appreciation, honor and respect — Arizona dedicates its World War II memorial at the east end [...]
Gov. Jan Brewer says firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day in "service and sacrifice." Her remarks came Tuesday as the governor held a ceremonial bill-signing to create a memorial for firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
Two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, are set to arrive in Phoenix for a planned state World War II memorial. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will lead a ceremony Friday at the Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza celebrating their arrival.
Many Americans would not consider their civil liberties to be a laughing matter, but a monument displaying the Bill of Rights scheduled to be constructed and dedicated in Wesley Bolin Plaza by the end of this year began as a joke in comedian Chris Bliss’ standup act approximately five years ago.