The city of Surprise is seeking construction and landscaping companies to partner in the creation of an outdoor memorial and veteran reflecting space in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini.
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.
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.
Suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Mancini ended his life at the age of 38 in 2017.
In January 2019, the Surprise City Council approved an outdoor memorial in honor of Manicini – the Veterans Reflection Circle.
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 the non-medicinal healing philosophy he shared at Honor House.
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.
Today, the city opened the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for a General Contractor to manage the project.
Following the selection of a General Contractor, additional RFQ packages will be posted to find donations for the remainder of the work.
Groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place in early July, and the Veterans Reflection Circle is scheduled to open on Veterans Day 2019.
To learn more about the Veterans Reflection Circle and the RFQ process, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/veteransreflectioncircle.