Donor funds replacement of stolen plaque at memorial
BULLHEAD CITY — A vandal struck the Arizona Veterans Memorial this spring but a local resident struck back.
Jim Ott sponsored the replacement of a plaque honoring the U.S. Army at one of the memorial’s monuments.
The plaque, one of a set representing the five U.S. military branches, was discovered missing on Memorial Day, said Dick Patzold, vice president of Veterans United, Inc., which maintains the monument.
“It means a lot, because the park’s dedicated to the memory of veterans,” Patzold said. “To me, it was akin to grave robbery.”
Ott, owner of Jimmy’s Car Wash, said he was glad to help.
“I’m just honored that they gave me the opportunity to make the donation in honor of all of our veterans who have sacrificed so much throughout our history,” he said. “It’s just a small token of my appreciation.”
The new plaque was installed Wednesday and was dedicated on Thursday.
Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady said that the memorial is dear in the hearts of the city’s veterans.
“To find that vandals have desecrated it is heartbreaking to all of us,” Brady said.
He said that he is thankful for Ott’s generosity in making the monument whole again.
The Arizona Veterans Memorial Park, on the shore of the Colorado River, features various tributes to the state’s veterans; its displays include recognition for Arizona troops killed while serving and a memorial of the state’s namesake battleship, which was sunk by Japanese bombers in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.