Tucson dedicated its World War II memorial today, nearly 70 years after the war ended.
Hundreds of people went to the dedication at Armory Park to watch the unveiling. Veterans, family members o those killed in the war, and local officials attended.
The memorial includes the names of nearly 400 Tucson and Pima County residents who died in the war. It is surrounded with seats, and faces South Sixth Avenue, a site where people boarded buses to depart for military service in World War II.
World War II Coast Guard rescue veteran Randy Powell said he was pleased to see the memorial.
“The feeling that you get from all these veterans that I have sensed here today is just tremendous, and I think it’s a wonderful thing that the city of Tucson has done this for the World War II vets,” he said.
He served from 1943 to 1946, and has a son who served in Vietnam.
The memorial was first proposed about eight years ago, and cost $200,000. The funding came from a federal grant and state matching funds.