Presently, Southern Arizona does not have the place to honor those Veterans and First Responders who answered their country’s and community’s call with service, bravery and honor.

Our Mission

To raise the funding to construct this Living Memorial to provide  a place of Honor, Reflection and Education for all people.

Honor the fallen and all the men and women who served and continue to serve our country and communities.

About the Living Memorial

Southern Arizona Veterans & First Responders Living Memorial Model


The Memorial will be a place of solemn honor, reflection and education dedicated to those who have made sacrifices in service to their communities and country. Presently, southern AZ does not have a central place to honor those veterans and first responders who answered their country’s and community’s call with service, bravery and honor.

Some fast facts about the Memorial:

  • It is entirely funded by donations from citizens and businesses in the region

  • The base is a star about 90 ft. wide from point to point

  • The monument tower is about 24 ft. high

  • There will be a quiet place for engraved pavers/bricks honoring friends and family

  • It will have a covered pavilion for ceremonies and educational events

  • It will be heavily shaded with native trees and shrubs

  • The site was donated by the Town of Oro Valley, in Naranja Park, overlooking the mountains

As you enter the Memorial, you can walk around the Pathway of Heroes. At locations along the path, there will be 10 ft. wide walls. On each wall, there will be the individual service medallions including the approved Dept. of Defense service medallions, e. g, Army, Air Force, etc.; the first responder’s medallion and the National Guard’s medallion. There will be seating at each location.

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This Memorial is for all of Southern Arizona and will be the only Living Memorial in the region.

It will honor the fallen and all men and women who have served and continue to serve our country and communities.

The site is on 2.5 acres overlooking the Catalina
Mountains donated by the Town of Oro Valley.

The Memorial is 100% privately funded through the contributions of area businesses, citizens and organizations.

Each element of the Memorial design has special significance. The Memorial has been named “Stars at Home and Abroad”. The five pentagons represent the Armed Services branches of the Department of Defense forming a star. The star embodies the First Responders who serve in our communities.


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Splendido and the So AZ Veterans and First Responders Memorial Honor Veterans


Steve Didio Commander of American Legion #132 presenting the Golder Ranch Fire Dept. Honor Guard for posting of the colors.
Ed Davis American Legion introducing General John Wickham, retired 4-star General and Pres. Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff of the Army
General Ron Shoopman, US Air Force (ret) was the keynote speaker talking about his experiences on 9/11 while commanding an Air Force Fighter Wing charged to protect the southwest region of the US. When all flight across the US was halted immediately after the bombing of the towers, his was the only aircraft flying because he was returning to take command of the Fighter Wing
Dr. Carmona talking about the importance of the work of Veterans and First Responders and their service to our communities, state and the nation. He said this will be the only memorial of its kind in the US and how it will be a place of honor, reflection and education.
Kay Williams Executive Committee member reading a letter from Congressman O’Halleran
Gen. Wickham, Pima County Sheriff Napier and Gen. Shoopman.
So AZ Veterans and First Responders Living Memorial Committee
OV Council members Mary Snider and Rhonda Pena with the Shoopmans
Gen. Wickham and Gen. Shoopman
Gen. and Mrs. Wickham. Both generals acknowledged that the wives also serve often during long tours of duty.
Gen. and Mrs. Wickham and Gen. and Mrs. Vickie Shoopman who serves on the Executive Committee for the Memorial.