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Monument & Plaza
within a 50 foot diameter plaza, the bronze bas-relief
monument represents the everyday aspects of wartime
military service. It presents a chronology of both men
and women who served the various branches of the armed
forces from WWI to the Gulf War. The monument encircles
the upper portion of a concrete column which has the
appearance of being formed of sedimentary layers which
reference geological time.
The Plaza suggests the complexity of the passage of
time with a labyrinth paving design. Two fountains and
four benches are located on opposite sides of the monument
at the perimeter of the plaza. The design of the fountains
takes its cue from the classical Indian "chadar", with
water flowing over slanting planes on which the war
years are written in high relief. The fountains provide
a ritual cleansing of war years. The four concrete benches
that flank the fountains have the four quarters of the
twentieth century with each period of the war years
inscribed in boldface numbers. A formal entry to the
monument is provided by a descending path under the
shade of an allee of Crepe Myrtle trees that begins
with the City's historic flagpole. The international
symbol of peace - a specimen of an olive tree - is used
to terminate the plaza. The monument and plaza create
a serene garden that offers a sanctuary and contemplative
space sought by veterans.