A piece of the USS Arizona now a memorial at Tucson VFW

Credit: KGUN, Tucson, AZ
Published on November 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s
A local VFW is the home of a piece of American history

A piece of the USS Arizona now a memorial at Tucson VFW

THE PROJECT BUT I WAS REALLYHAPPY ANDPROUD TO BE PART OF IT.THAT PROJECT -- BUILDING AMEMORIAL FIT TO HONOR THESACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO DIED ONTHE U-S-S ARIZONA.WILL STEWART'S VISION HELPEDGIVE THE MEMORIAL IT'S FINALDESIGN.HE HAD SOME HELP TO CAPTURE THEGRAVITY OF THIS EVENT IN A TABLETOP MEMORIAL.THE IMPORTANT PART OF THISENTIRE MEMORIAL IS THE FACT THATTHERE IS AN ACTUAL PIECE OF THEARIZONA SITTING HERE.BRACING THE IRON TABLE IS ANACTUAL LINK FROM THE ANCHORCHAIN OFTHE U-S-S ARIZONA.THE LINK WAS GIVEN TO THE V-F-WPOST.THE DECISION WAS MADE TO MAKE ITPART OF A MEMORIAL THATWOULD SIT AMONG OTHER'S WHO'VESERVED -- HERE AT 549.ENTER CEMROCK LANDSCAPING ANDSTEVE KANOZA -- WHO VOLUNTEEREDTHE 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BRINGTHIS MEMORIAL TO LIFE.I APPROACHED MY SUPERIORS ATWORK WITH THE IDEA ANDEVERYBODY WAS 100 PERCENT FOR ITFROM THE MOMENT THE WORDS CAMEOUT OF MY MOUTH.

THERE WASN'TANY HESITATION AT ALL.

THEMEMORIAL IS FITTING FOR KENWHITECOTTON -- A VIETNAMVETERAN.IF WE CAN KEEP THIS KIND OFTHING ALIVE, THAT WE CONTINUE TOSPREAD THIS SPIRIT, THIS CALL TOACTION TO REMEMBER THATTHE FREEDOM ISN'T FREE, ITCOSTS...THEY WILL UNVEIL THIS MEMORIALON DECEMBER 7TH AT THEIR "HIGHSCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST: VOICE OFDEMOCRACY.THAT'LL BE HELD AT THE V-F-WPOST 549 AT 1 P-M.

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