WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL PLAQUE RE-DEDICATION

WWII memorial relocation to county building starts Memorial Day events
Employees from Stutler Cabinets assemble the newly refurbished WWII Memorial at the Mohave County Administration Building. JEAN BISHOP/Courtesy
Employees from Stutler Cabinets assemble the newly refurbished WWII Memorial at the Mohave County Administration Building. JEAN BISHOP/Courtesy

Today was a day for remembering those fallen during America's wars past and present. It all starts at 9 a.m. when a World War II memorial will be relocated from the County Courthouse on Spring Street to the lobby at the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St. 

The dedication was made possible by the combined efforts of Kingman Marine Corps League,, the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County, Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman JEAN BISHOP, Kingman Home Depot and the patriotic citizens of Mohave County who have served and supported the armed forces of the United States of America. 

About three years ago, the Marine Corps League came up with an idea to build a WWII monument as an addition to the Veterans Memorial Park inside Locomotive Park downtown. Terry Flanagan, commandant of the Kingman Marine Corps League said that the original idea was to take the names from the plaque inside the old courthouse, engrave them in granite and add the monument next to the Vietnam and Korean War walls. "We started a plan to raise funds to move it downtown," he said. "The money was too much to do it with granite."When that proved too expensive, joint efforts between the league, veterans' council, the city and the county and Home Depot, a plan to refurbish the plaque in the courthouse was devised. 

There have been some modifications, but Flanagan said it was for the better. "Home Depot took nameplates off and put them in alphabetical order, resurfaced the wood and made it look pretty again." The memorial has more than 1000 names of every known Mohave County military veteran who served in World War II."You might see what you consider prominent family names and Native American names," he said. Hualapai Nation will be attending from Peach Springs to do a special blessing called 'The Cry to honor the veterans. 

Supervisor Bishop said the groups usually organize Memorial Day events in Veterans Memorial Park, but due to the rededication, it was moved it to the administration building. Supervisor Bishop further stated that "Nobody could see the names in the old courthouse. You had to go through security. Now anyone can go into the admiinstration building and see the names.  

I am proud that I was asked to champion this project and that the entire Board of Supervisor voted to allow it re-location in the county lobby.  It's something we set out to do and we did it. It is a piece of Mohave County history."This restoration will be as a donation and to honor the memory of our WWII military veterans.