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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Groundbreaking set for Veterans Reflection Circle memorial in honor of Brian Mancini


The city of Surprise is breaking ground on 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.

The groundbreaking for the Veterans Reflection Circle will be held:

Monday, June 24 at 9 a.m.

Northwest Regional Library – Classroom

16089 N Bullard Ave. Surprise, AZ 85374

There will be an indoor ceremony, followed by an outdoor groundbreaking.

The memorial will be built within the Surprise Community Park, next to the fishing lake, and will open on Veterans Day 2019. 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 his nonprofit Honor House – a place where wounded veterans could go for therapy and counseling.

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 to the city 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. 

Those partners include: 82 Bravo Survey and Mapping, A-Sandblasting, Airpark Signs and Graphics, Allstate Rent A Fence, Cox Cactus Farm, DBA Construction, Earthscapes, Elite Waste Services, Ewing Irrigation, Felix Construction Company, Hawkeye Electric Inc, Haydon Building Corp., Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Natina Products LLC, Nesbitt Contracting Co., Premier Irrigation, Rummel Construction Inc., Straight Arrow Construction, and Weinburger Waste Disposal.

For more information about the Veterans Reflection Circle project and Brian Mancini, please visit

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