veterans memorialThe Veterans Memorial in Carefree will honor our nation’s veterans

CAREFREE Ariz., (MAR 3) – A group of local veteran volunteers has kicked off a fundraising campaign to build and dedicate a Veteran Memorial in Carefree.

Building upon a tradition of honoring and appreciating the selfless service of our nation’s veterans, this group of area veterans has initiated the creation and construction of a Veterans Memorial within the Carefree Desert Gardens as a place of remembrance and reflection for the community.

“The Town of Carefree has been in search of a way to perpetually honor our local veterans” stated Vice Mayor John Crane. “The enthusiasm and passion of this group of vets and other supporters within the Desert Foothills region is contagious.  This project will permit us to pay homage to veterans from all service branches who have served our country with honor.”

The team of veterans is addressing all aspects of the Veteran Memorial project, from implementing the design, developing architectural and engineering drawings, identifying an appropriate site, fund raising and working with contractors to build the piece. The working timeline is to have the project completed by Memorial Day, 2020, and to dedicate it on or about Memorial Day, May 25.

Leading the charge is U.S. Army veteran and Carefree resident Mike Ferrell.  He is joined by Pratt Ashworth, U.S. Air Force veteran, Dick Hartig, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Bob Jenkins, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Mike Wold, U.S. Navy veteran and recent inductee to the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame. Three of the five participating veterans are proud members of the American Legion Post 34, Cave Creek.

The Town of Carefree has agreed to designate a site in the Carefree Desert Gardens as a location for the memorial.

The Veteran Memorial will include a monument to our veterans and benches where visitors can sit and reflect on the devotion our veterans have shown to our country.

To move forward with the construction of the memorial, the team is soliciting donations from individuals and businesses.  The goal is to raise $ 50,000 to make this vision a reality.  Excess funds will be donated to organizations that support veterans in our community and throughout Arizona. Tax deductible donations in support of the Veteran Memorial may be made at


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Veteran Memorial in Carefree

Mike Ferrell

(480) 322-0749