by Kay Williams 

A dedicated group of Southern Arizona residents is working to bring a singularly unique monument to the region honoring more than 400,000 veterans, first responders and active military living in Southern Arizona. Founded by residents of Oro Valley, Arizona, the Southern Arizona Veterans and First Responders Living Memorial was created to fill a need: Where could citizens go to honor the brave men and women who risk their lives at home and abroad to ensure all Americans live prosperous and peaceful lives? 

To answer that question, a task force of citizens, veteran and first responders was formed, and has since established a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit with the mission of creating a memorial on 2.5 acres of land overlooking the Catalina mountain range. The memorial is 100 percent privately funded through the contributions of regional businesses, organizations and citizens. For more information, go online to  Or, to schedule a presentation, please contact executive board member Kay Williams at (520) 529-1857 or via email at 

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