"To plan, build, and maintain a memorial to honor Idaho's military veterans and families whose units’ lineage traces their unit to the Idaho National Guard or Gowen Field. To honor their duty, loyalty, service, and commitment with the utmost dignity, gratitude, remembrance and reflection deserving of the men and women who, throughout Idaho's history, gave so much and asked for so little in return." The project is undertaken in cooperation with the Idaho Military Historical Society.
Many Idahoans and others from past and current military conflicts are linked to the State of Idaho, perhaps because they trained in our state or their military units were based in our state. This memorial will honor those men and women and their commitment to duty, their loyalty, their service and their commitment with dignity and gratitude. They gave so much and asked for so little in return.
We live in the Land of the Free because of the men and women in uniform who defended America in her time of need. We can't do enough to thank those who sacrificed so much on our behalf.
Our purpose is to provide a relaxing park for quiet reflection honoring those from the State of Idaho who answered the call to duty.
The site will be in a park setting and will consist of a Memorial Wall honoring those from the State of Idaho who have served in the military. It will list the many conflicts in which our State has participated. A fountain will be placed in front of the wall on a circular paved area. Sandstone boulders will be placed around the perimeter of the paved area to honor the men and women, with a connection to the Idaho military, who have been lost since September 11.
There will be an archway at the south entrance of the park. Additionally, there will be a small amphitheater at the north end for sitting, outdoor classes, award and retirement ceremonies, lunches or other small gatherings.