THE NATHAN MARTENS ARIZONA MEMORIAL

We plan to dedicate this Memorial on November 11, 2006, which is also Veterans Day and the Day after the Marine Corps Birthday.  We feel very strongly that this Memorial should be befitting all those that will be honored there, and that it will also stand the test of time for many years to come. The memorial is named after U S Navy Corpsman Robert Nathaniel Martens and will honor all Arizona servicemen and women that have given their lives in the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gilmore Parsons Land Design Group from Phoenix, under the direction of Mike Buschbacher, ASLA, is presently working on the design and structural engineering aspects of this flag pole memorial. The Memorial will be located in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park south of Queen Creek Arizona, at the entrance to the park. Salt River Project has donated a 70 foot steel pole that is built to stand 100 years plus. The pole is being erected at the site by Sun State Builders in Tempe Arizona. Consolidated Rebarr has donated their time and truck to move the pole from the SRP yard.

We are working to obtain a Navy ship anchor to be part of the memorial. The center focus will be the flag and pole and at the base will be the anchor and large natural boulders that form a wall around the base. As the design is formalized it will be included here. There will be a seating area along with landscaping that will accent the memorial and it will have appropriate lighting for the area. A large cast or engraved foundation will memorialize all of the heroes that have given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, from Arizona

Our invitation committee has invited the following to speak at the dedication on November 11, 2006, Veterans Day: President Bush, Senator McCain, Senator Kyle, MC Supervisor, Fulton Brock (accepted), PC Supervisor, Sandie Smith (accepted), Kerry Pardue, Senior Vice Commander of the National Association of Medics & Corpsman (accepted), Rick Romley, Vietnam Marine Corps veteran. We will have a Navy Chaplin give the invocation. Former Queen Creek Mayor Wendy Feldman-Kerr has accepted to be our Master of Ceremonies.

We are also planning a Grand Parade that will start about two miles from the dedication site that will honor all veterans on Veterans Day. Queen Creek Vice Mayor, Jon Wootten, has accepted to lead our parade to the site by leading the QC 4H horse troop and marching members, PC Sheriffs Mounted Posse and all other PC Posse will march, the US Navy ROTC Honor Guard from Apache Junction High School are also on board, so far. The Glendale Police Department has indicated that they will participate. There will be other law enforcement agencies that will be attending and representatives from the different service branches.

We encourage the families who visit this site to send us any photos that they would like to have included on this site, and also any kind of memorium that they would like included with the photo of their loved one. Please send this information to betterliving@cenazcom.net

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