World War II Dedication Project
The first phase of our Memorial Project is complete. On Monday May 3oth, 2016 at 9AM the Kingman Marine Corps League Detachment 887 and the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County dedicated the refurbished plaque listing the 1000+ Mohave County residents who served during WWII.
Our original plan was to place the names in the Veterans Park in down Kingman, but do to funding issues we could not complete this goal. Like the Marines before us when faced with a challenge we adapted and overcame.
The first steps were a series of meetings with Court Administrator Kip Anderson, County Supervisor Jean Bishop and County Administrator Mike Hendrix. With there approval and that of the full Board it was agreed that the current plaque would be removed from the Mohave County Court House and rededicated in the County Administration Building at 700 W. Beale Street.
The Marine Corps League reached out to the Kingman Home Depot store and with the help of their dedicate staff the plaque was removed from the court house and taken to HD.
Once at the store the 1100+ name tags were removed and the wood panels were resurfaced and stained to better contrast with the wall in the county building. To the surprise of everyone the name tags were not metal but pressed leather. After the wood had been stained the HD employees replaced name tags were in alphabetical order.
When the plaque was completed it was returned to county custody, and with a minor modification, a team from Stutler Cabinets installed the plaque in the lobby of the county building.
With installation completed the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council began the process of setting up the program that would honor our WWII veterans. Several days prior to the dedication the Hualapai Tribe reached out and asked if they could not only participate in the dedication but hold a special ceremony to honor those who served. Such a request could not be denied as many names on this plaque were those of Hualapai Tribal members who served in the armed forces and it was learned that several dozen more tribal members who served where never placed on the plaque.
The ceremony was well attended and the lobby of the county building was packed with little room to spare. It was estimated that we had 125 to 150 community members attend.
To those who supported this project we say thank you, to those who served in in our armed forces we say thank you for your service.
Please see the Photo Page and the JAVC Face Book Page for more photos honoring our WWII veterans.
We hope to see you next year at the Veterans Memorial for our regular Memorial Day Ceremony.