Downtown Armory Park
221 S. Sixth Avenue: Open to the PublicArtists Rebecca Thompson
and Lauri SlenningTwo Tucson Artists, Rebecca Thompson and Lauri Slenning were chosen to create the Tucson WWII Memorial with completion and dedication November of 2013. Rebecca Thompson stated, “After so many years without a formal memorial, it was a great honor to be chosen to both create a lasting place of rest and peace for those who served our country.”
“This completes an eight-and-a-half year project and fulfill the dreams set out by the late Gilbert Quintanilla, a World War II veteran and Connie Harris, his wife. After their passing, this effort was continued by their daughters, Mary Quintanilla Sample and Kellianne Harris-Candelaria.”
Over 25 Veterans organizations have supported this project, including former Governor Janet Napolitano, the Arizona State Legislature, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Tucson Mayor and Council.
The Yellow Satin Ribbon: Artist Rebecca Thompson tied 25 yards of yellow satin ribbon on the completed sculpture to welcome home those who passed on and those who served and their families.
Architect Esquema Architectural Firm
Photography credit: Robin Stancliff Photography