City's WWII memorial unveiled

2013-11-02T00:00:00Z City's WWII memorial unveiledArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

After a bit of controversy over its location, the city finally unveiled its World War II memorial Friday morning.

About 200 veterans, public officials and others attended a morning ceremony in Armory Park to celebrate the completion of the project that began eight years ago to honor the region’s war vets.

Created by artists Rebecca Thompson  and Lauri Slenning, the $200,000 public art project contains nearly 400 names of Tucsonans who lost their lives in the war.

The city started planning the project in 2005, but financial woes forced the city to delay it. Last year, the city found the money to proceed, but still ran into some controversy.

Some local veterans disagreed with the location. Many wanted the memorial located at Kino Veterans Memorial Park, near other war memorials.

Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at 573-4243 or ddaronco@azstarnet.com. Follow on twitter @DarrenDaRonco​

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