Honoring our fallen service men and women from all Uniformed Services with ties to the State of Washington.
Reflection Park will be built on six acres in the heart of Fort Lewis, Washington. With Mount Rainer standing sentry in the distance and surrounded by towering evergreen trees, the Park will embrace the memorialized names of fallen service men and women with ties to Washington state, from all uniformed Services: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Washington State National Guard.
The memorial will span all major conflicts, from WWI thru the current conflict and beyond. Within each conflict "band of time", the names of the fallen will be engraved on massive basalt boulders, native to Washington state, and will be set into a pastoral landscape of meandering paths and meadow gardens.
The idea and design for Reflection Park grew from meetings held with focus groups across Fort Lewis and the surrounding communities.
Our goal is to create a tranquil place to reflect and remember those who have fallen in the past, present and any future conflicts.
In memorial to the fallen with ties to the State of Washington, generations of visitors to Reflection Park will have the opportunity to remember, to learn and to reflect upon the contributions our service men and women have given, and continue to give, for our freedom.
EVENTS AND FUNDRAISERS
Reflection Park is continually promoting awareness to this special project with events and fundraisers. From golf tournaments to partnerships with local companies like the Puyallup Auto dealers, whatever it takes to complete our goals. Click here to see some images of current events.
ACU raises $40,000 to support Military families on JBLM. Including Reflection Park
L-R: CSM Frank A Grippe (Corps Command Sergeant Major) Debbie Hodous (ACU Chief Financial Officer), Karen Schade (ACU-Community Relations & Reflection Park), Robert A Whitney (Madigan Foundation BOD), Jo Dempsey (Family Services Program Director-Army Community Services) Wanda Cruz (Santa's Castle), COL Thomas Brittain (Garrison Commander) and CSM Matthew Barnes (Garrison Command Sergeant Major)
On November 5th, America's Credit Union (ACU) held its 10th Annual Holiday Troop Support Golf Tournament at Eagles Pride Golf Course on JBLM-Lewis. Many local businesses and over 144 golfers participated to help raise money for local soldiers and their families. We wish to thank all of our sponsors for their donations to our event.
This year $40,000 was raised by the golf tournament. The monies raised will be going to Santa’s Castle (Children’s Toy Program), The Food Basket Program, Madigan Foundation, and Reflection Park. On the 22nd of November, there will be a check presentation at the Garrison Headquarters on JBLM. ACU’s President/CEO Kenneth S. Leonard will be presenting each charity with a check for $10,000. A representative from each of the charities will be present to accept their check.
Kenneth S. Leonard, President/CEO of America's Credit Union said “The support from JBLM business community has been overwhelming. We are able to help more soldiers and their families this holiday season than ever before. We wish to thank those businesses and individuals for their generosity towards this event.”
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Reflection Park will Honor our fallen service men and women from all Uniformed Services with ties to the State of Washington. The park will be a tranquil place to reflect and remember those who have fallen in the past, present and any future conflicts. Generations of visitors to Reflection Park will have the opportunity to remember, to learn and to reflect upon the contributions our service men and women have given, and continue to give, for our freedom. The park will be built next to the existing JBLM Museum.
Santa’s Castle has been providing toys to children of service members in serious financial need since 1994. The private, nonprofit organization is run completely by volunteers and relies on donations from the community. Service members in grades of E5 and below facing financial crises are eligible, but must be referred by their commanders, first sergeants or chaplains. After Santa’s Castle receives the referral, an appointment letter is sent to the service member with a date to shop and an explanation of what to expect.
The Food Basket program, run by Army Community Services (ACS), is sponsoring the twentieth annual Holiday Assistance Program (HAP) to help commanders provide monetary assistance to Army Families during November and December, 2010. For Thanksgiving, ACS has provided commanders with four hundred $35certificates, redeemable at the JBLM Commissaries, for their identified Service Members. (Certificates can be redeemed for food items only.) We hope to be able to provide for a greater number at Christmas. Commanders make the final selections of those who will receive a $35 certificate. The HAP is funded exclusively by donations to ACS and 100% of the funds we collected go to Soldiers and their Families.
The Madigan Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, has supported military families, active and retired, and Madigan Army Medical Center, through programs designed to improve and enhance the quality of care and quality of life of patients, their families, and their health care providers. The Madigan Foundation raises money to support the patients and family members, retirees and family members, and staff of medical facilities or medical combat units.
MEMORIAL DEDICATION - A condensed version of the memorial dedictation on July 16, 2009