GILBERT, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A new valley park broke ground today. But this isn't just a regular park.
This park is called the Welcome Home Veterans Park and is in dedication to veterans who have served our country in any war.
"This is a reminder that we always need to welcome home our soldiers when they come back from battle," said Lisa Rigler, the President of Operation Welcome Home AZ.
For that reason, park will have many different elements. The majority of it will be memorials, like a Vietnam wall with all 58,318 names of those who were missing in action during Vietnam, following memorials of proceeding wars.
"For the public to be able to come and actually see what the veterans have gone through, starting with our walk of time. Going to that Revolutionary War all the way up to our current times," Rigler said.
There will also be resource centers and tranquility walks.
The National Guard is responsible for the park.
"This is a great opportunity for the National Guard to work with the community and be involved in a way that I feel like we don't get an opportunity to do very often. Especially for the younger generation, for them to understand what this park means. So we're excited to be out here and move some dirt," said a National Guard soldier.
The park will be located at 85 E. Civic Center Drive near Gilbert Road and Warned Road in Gilbert. This is also near the 9/11 memorial.