Veterans Reflection Circle

The Veterans Reflection Circle is a planned 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.

The circle will be built 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 will be woven into a tranquil seating area and circular pathway. The memorial will pay 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. To learn more, view Become a Partner.

The Veterans Reflection Circle is scheduled to open on Veterans Day 2019.

PDF FileView the Veterans Reflection Circle Design Package

  1. Brian’s Story
  2. Project Background
  3. Renderings
  4. Timeline

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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Become a Partner

Join us in creating a thoughtful and moving memorial to Brian Mancini and all of our service men and women. The city is looking for construction and landscape companies to become partners in creating the Veterans Reflection Circle by donating products and services.

The following opportunities are, or will soon be, available through a ‘Request for Qualifications’ process:

General Contractor/ Construction Manager – Awarded to Haydon Building Corp.

Opening Soon - Once the design plans and work packages are complete, the City will solicit requests for donations to construction contractors for the trade specific tasks. These trades will be the sub-contractors donating in-kind services and/or materials to the City, being managed by the GC/CM.

RFQ bid documents are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/bids.aspx

Questions about becoming a partner? Please email purchasing@surpriseaz.gov

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