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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Veterans Reflection Circle opens with dedication ceremony on Veterans Day

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The City of Surprise will hold a dedication ceremony on Veterans Day to mark the opening of the Veterans Refection Circle – an outdoor garden and reflection space in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini.

Mancini spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing. The Veterans Reflection Circle is located in the Surprise Community Park, next to the fishing lake, and 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 can go for therapy and counseling. The space 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 dedication ceremony will be held:

Monday, November 11, 8 a.m.

Surprise Community Park

(outside the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library)

16089 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise, AZ

Parking & Location Map

The design for the Veterans Reflection Circle 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.

Thank you to the following partners:

82 Bravo Land Survey & Mapping, Ace Sandblasting, Airpark Signs, Allstate Rent-a-Fence, Arizona Wholesale, Atwater Construction, Castle Steel, Cox Cactus Farms, DBA Construction, EarthScapes, Elite Waste Services, Evergreen

Turf, Ewing Irrigation, Excel Screen Printing, Felix Construction, Granite Express, Hawkeye Electric, Haydon Building Corp., Honor House, Hauser Engineering Group, Kilauea Crushers, Lowe’s, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Natina Products, Nesbitt Construction Contracting, Outdoor Systems Management, Premier Irrigation, RC Lurie, Rummel Construction, Straight Arrow Construction, Sunrise Nursery, Triton Boulder Supply, Weinberger Waste Disposal, Wright Engineering.

For more information about the Veterans Reflection Circle project and Brian Mancini, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/vrc

Following the dedication ceremony, the city is hosting a Veterans Day Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and runs along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. A pre-parade pancake breakfast will be available for $5 at the Surprise Stadium from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Information is available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

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