Monday, October 1, 2012

What We Discovered When We Paid Our Taxes

Lloyd and I went to the Maricopa County Treasurer's Office in downtown Phoenix today to pay our property taxes.  As we were trying to find out way out of Phoenix after completing our civic duty, we came across a beautiful monument plaza by the State Legislature buildings.

We discovered Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza - a park containing 29 monuments to fallen heros of wars, including WWI, WWII, the Korean War, The Vietnam Conflict, Desert Storm, as well as monuments honoring  police dogs, veterans injured in duty, police forces, families, workers, even one to the Ten Commandments, the controversy over which has yet to be settled. This plaza was established in 1976, incorporating several existing monuments, including the mast and anchor from the USS Arizona, one of the ships attacked at Pearl Harbour.

One of the legislature buildings - the Arizona House of Representatives Building
the Navaho Code Talker's monument

Monument to Arizona Veterans of the Viet Nam conflict 

Close up of the Viet Nam monument

Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Monument

World War II Monument

I don't remember what this one is

The Korean War Monument

Enduring Freedom Memorial - the fallen soldiers

I'm not sure what this one is either - certainly the most colorful in the Plaza

Part of the Korean War Memorial

The actual anchor from the USS Arizona from Pearl Harbour

Arizona Workers Memorial. The couple is holding a baby.

Those are just a few of the many monuments to historic people and events in America's history.  It really is a very beautiful, peaceful park to spend time in.  A must-do for anyone visiting Phoenix.


Bev said...

How interesting... YES I have to get down south and pay our taxes!!! Can hardly wait to go...!!

Mickey said...

What a nice walk! Beautiful memorials!
Good to hear your voice today!
Hope your banquet was good!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful place - it is very important that we remember those who gave their lives, so that we could be free.

RoeH said...

I haven't been over there for ages. And more ages. Like probably the '80's. It's really changed. I should go over when it gets cooler and walk around.