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Monday, August 3rd, 2020, Perch Base members, Sunland Construction personnel, artists, designers, engineering personnel and others conducted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in front of the Arizona State Capital Building. The event opened with a touching eulogy for the ASSM Foundation Chairman, Tim Moore, who had just passed on Eternal Patrol several days earlier on July 31.

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August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

Tim Moore

August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

Tim Moore

Several posters of construction progress and plans were placed at the ceremony.

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Numerous submarine veterans attended the ceremony.

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August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

(l-r) Western Region Director, Holland Club member and Perch Base Life member Jim Denzien, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base Storekeeper Marcus Hensley, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base member Chris Urness, Perch Base Vice-Commander, Holland Club member and Life member George Woods, WD1 District Commander, Perch Base Holland Club member and Life member Vic Van Horn, Perch Base Event Coordinator, Holland Club member and Life member Don Unser, Perch Base Commander and Life member Howard Doyle, Perch Base Associate member and Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame member Don DeMarte

August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

(l-r) Western Region Director, Holland Club member and Perch Base Life member Jim Denzien, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base Storekeeper Marcus Hensley, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base member Chris Urness, Perch Base Vice-Commander, Holland Club member and Life member George Woods, WD1 District Commander, Perch Base Holland Club member and Life member Vic Van Horn, Perch Base Event Coordinator, Holland Club member and Life member Don Unser, Perch Base Commander and Life member Howard Doyle, Perch Base Associate member and Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame member Don DeMarte, Perch Base Associate member and Publisher/Editor of the Arizona Veterans Connection Magazine Marion Cartland, (behind Marion) Tucson Base Commander, Holland Club member and Life member Dennis Ottley.

August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

(l-r) Western Region Director, Holland Club member and Perch Base Life member Jim Denzien, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base Storekeeper Marcus Hensley, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base member Chris Urness, Perch Base Vice-Commander, Holland Club member and Life member George Woods, WD1 District Commander, Perch Base Holland Club member and Life member Vic Van Horn, Perch Base Event Coordinator, Holland Club member and Life member Don Unser, Perch Base Commander and Life member Howard Doyle, Tucson Base Webmaster and Life member Terry Moore, Perch Base Associate member and Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame member Don DeMarte, Tucson Base Commander, Holland Club member and Life member Dennis Ottley, Perch Base Webmaster and Life member Dan Marks, Perch Base Associate member and Publisher/Editor of the Arizona Veterans Connection Magazine Marion Cartland.

The new Co-Chairman Chris Urness gave a brief welcome, eulogy for Tim Moore, history of the ASSM Foundation and schedule.

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August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

An excerpt of some of Chris Urness' speech is available HERE on YouTube.

There were actually THREE Groundbreaking Ceremonies!

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August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

The first Groundbreaking Ceremony was by the submarine veterans.
(l-r) Perch Base Associate member and Publisher/Editor of the Arizona Veterans Connection Magazine Marion Cartland, Perch Base Commander and Life member Howard Doyle, Perch Base Vice-Commander, Holland Club member and Life member George Woods, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base Storekeeper Marcus Hensley, ASSM Co-Chairman and Perch Base member Chris Urness, WD1 District Commander, Perch Base Holland Club member and Life member Vic Van Horn.
A video of the first Groundbreaking Ceremony is available HERE on YouTube.

August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

The second Groundbreaking Ceremony was by the Sunland Construction crew.
A video of the second Groundbreaking Ceremony is available HERE on YouTube.

August 2020 ASSM Groundbreaking Ceremony

The third and final Groundbreaking Ceremony was (l-r) by the copper sculptur Nate Decker, the design engineer Jim Martin, and the artist Renee Stevens.
A video of the third Groundbreaking Ceremony is available HERE on YouTube.

Phoenix Fox TV Channel ran a clip of the Groundbreaking Ceremony. As long as it remains available, it can be viewed HERE

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