Dedicated to honor and revere the sacrifices of all past, present and future veterans.
The Armed Forces Park in downtown Yuma is "a place of comfort and sign of hope" for the generations of today and those to come.
The one-acre park, located at 281 Gila St., at the site of the old railroad depot, has several walls with more than 2,000 black granite plaques honoring Yuma-area veterans.
The park also has polished granite tables etched with the service emblems of the various branches of the nation's armed services - Army, Navy, Marines, Merchant Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.
A sixth table honors prisoners of war and missing in action. Several benches allow visitors to sit down and meditate. A concrete amphitheater seats a couple hundred people.
The park, which was the first of its kind in Arizona, was the result of a partnership between the city of Yuma and the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.
Effective 2021, the American Legion Post 19 will now be handling the plaque acquisitions and placements.