Veterans Reflection Circle

The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing.

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The circle is located within the Surprise Community Park, next to the fishing lake. The site was selected as a tribute to Mancini’s love of nature, fishing and quiet self-reflection. These were important components to his healing philosophy he shared at Honor House, the nonprofit Mancini started to help fellow combat veterans connect with non-medicinal therapies.

Elements of water and plant life are woven into a tranquil seating area and circular pathway. The memorial pays tribute to Mancini and his legacy by telling his story and providing a place for veterans to reflect, find healing and feel the community’s deep appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

The beautiful and thoughtful project design was completed at no cost by local design companies Logan Simpson and WERK. The generosity and heart of these firms inspired the idea to invite members of the construction and landscape communities to become partners in honoring our veterans by donating products and services to help bring this incredible project to life. Nearly 40 companies joined in to donate products and services to create this space. See the “Our Partners” section.

The Veterans Reflection Circle opened with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting on Veterans Day 2019. See photos from the event in the “Dedication” tab below.

  1. Brian’s Story
  2. Project Background
  3. Groundbreaking
  4. Dedication

Brian’s Story

Brain Mancini PortraitBrian Scott Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. He served over 12 years in the United States Army and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge.Brain Mancini Portrait

In 2007, Mancini suffered life-threatening injuries from a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Following years of surgeries and rehabilitation, the Surprise resident founded Honor House, a place where wounded veterans could go for therapy and counseling.

Mancini passed away at the age of 38 in 2017. That same year, he was posthumously inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.

His story and combat injuries were the focus of an April 2018 60 Minutes story detailing new medical studies surrounding PTSD and the brain impacts suffered during explosions.

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Our Partners

The city would like to thank the following companies for making this project possible through the donation of products and/or services:

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  • Ace Sandblasting
  • Allstate Rent A Fence
  • Arizona Wholesale
  • Atwater Construction
  • Elite Waste Services
  • Ewing Irrigation
  • Excel Screen Printing
  • Geremy Cites
  • Kilauea Crushers
  • Lionheart Security
  • RC Lurie
  • Sunrise Nursery
  • Western Sealants