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Jan 25, 2023

House committee authorizes placement of memorial to slain journalist Bolles

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.

Jul 2, 2020

GOP lawmaker calls for 10-year punishment for memorial vandals

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 […]

Jun 8, 2020

Hobbs pushes for relocation of confederate monument

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.

Apr 12, 2019

Capitol statue planned for early suffragist Frances Munds

Frances Willard Munds explained in a celebration speech in November 1912 how Arizona’s suffrage movement was “probably the most unique in history.”

Mar 4, 2016

Panel approves provocative changes to Vietnam memorial

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.

Mar 5, 2015

Car no match for McFarland Memorial arch

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.

Sep 11, 2014

Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial to feature bell tower, life size statues

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.

Mar 10, 2014

Plans take shape for memorial to honor Arizona firefighters

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.

Nov 8, 2013

Opposite of infamy: Arizona to dedicate its WWII memorial

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 [...]

Jul 17, 2013

Ceremonial signing creates firefighter memorial

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.

Apr 20, 2012

Guns for WWII memorial to arrive in Phoenix

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.

Apr 16, 2012

Comedian bringing Bill of Rights Monument to Wesley Bolin Plaza

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.