The city of Surprise broke ground this morning 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.
More than 100 people from the community, along with Brian’s friends and family, attended today’s ceremony at the Northwest Regional Library in Surprise.
The Veterans Reflection Circle will be built just outside the library in 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.
Jesse Westad, owner of WERK Urban Design and Engineering, spoke at today’s ceremony, which also included remarks from: Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier; Mayor Skip Hall; Budd Gilbert, Honor House Board Member; and James Crean, VP of Business Development with Haydon Building Corp.
Haydon Building Corp. is the General Contractor for the project, and is contributing their services frees of charge to the city, as are these other generous partners:
82 Bravo Land Survey & Mapping, A-Sandblasting, Airpark Signs, Allstate Rent-a-Fence, Arizona Wholesale, Cox Cactus Farms, DBA Construction, EarthScapes, Elite Waste Services, Ewing Irrigation, Excel Screen Printing, Felix Construction, Granite Express, Hawkeye Electric, Honor House, Hauser Engineering Group, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Natina Products, Nesbitt Construction Contracting, Premier Irrigation, RC Lurie, Rummel Construction, Straight Arrow Construction, Sunrise Nursery, Triton Boulder Supply, Weinberger, Wright Engineering.
To watch the video of today’s groundbreaking ceremony, please visit: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=fD3M1WSy_Zc
For more information about the Veterans Reflection Circle project and Brian Mancini, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/vrc.