The Puyallup Tribe of Indians Veterans Memorial: “A sacred circle filled with a lot of blood, sweat and tears that was constructed with love, with gratitude and most of all with honor.” - Roleen Hargrove, Puyallup Tribal Council Vice-Chairwoman.
It was truly an honor to work on the initial design of this memorial honoring past and present veterans with ARC Architects and the Puyallup Tribal Council. Meeting the desire of the tribe to have a memorial on their own land, our work produced three distinct options for the tribe to choose from: one reflecting the waters of the Tribes beloved Puyallup River, one the forest bounty provided to the people of the Puyallup and one focus on the cultural significance of Western Red Cedar. The tribes final choice was based the River Concept, but incorporated specific detail elements from each.
Dedicated this past Veterans Day, 2015, the entry to the sacred circle encompassing the memorial reflects the generous and welcoming spirit of the Puyallup Tribe. The design draws you in to an initial area centered on the tribes salmon logo. A river like path then leads you through to the memorial wall where bronze medallions represent the eight branches of service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard and Air National Guard. Above the memorial wall fly the American flag, the flags of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Canada, Washington State, the Tribal Veterans and POW/MIA flags; inviting Native and non-Native alike to come in to remember and honor the great sacrifices our veterans have made to this country.
“Native Americans served at the highest level of any ethnic group in the military. They fought for future generations so that we could be here today. This was a very long process that started many years ago. It’s been a long journey and certainly was worth the wait.” David Bean, Puyallup Tribal Council Member.
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