Work begins on new memorial at Spokane Arena

Crews break ground on 'Illuminating Courage'

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Friday, September 11, 2015 at Noon

Crews broke ground Friday on a new military memorial to be built this fall at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Illuminating Courage monument will feature the names of fallen heroes from Washington state Post 9/11 to the present.

Mayor David Condon joined Gold Star Families Friday morning for the groundbreaking ceremony. The project is a collaborative effort of Gold Star Families along with the support of Condon, the Spokane Veterans Center, the Spokane Arts Commission, Land Expressions, Haskins Steel and generous private donors.

When completed, the Illuminating Courage Military Memorial will stand 24 feet tall and stretch 42 feet long. The steel, stone and gold monument is designed to resemble a candle but also unfurls like the flag. Names of our Fallen Heroes will be engraved within the “core” of Illuminating Courage and the monument will be lit from within.

Additionally, local families can purchase engraved pavers for the Illuminating Courage plaza’s ‘Walk of Remembrance’ to honor the service of a loved one. The pavers feature a name along with a short message and can be purchased online.

Dedication of the completed monument is scheduled for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015.

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