911 Monument ~ Salome, Arizona




The Citizens of McMullen Valley, A.D. 2004

Dedicated September 11, 2004

66710 Hwy 60 ~ Salome, Arizona

After 3 years of planning, fundraising, and hard work, this little desert community has made their dream come true ~ a beautiful, awe inspiring, 911 Memorial that sits alongside of Hwy 60 for all to see and reflect. The McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce, McMullen Valley Fire Department, and the Salome Lions' Club pulled together their members and towns people of Wenden, Salome and surrounding area, to raise funds, seek donations, and volunteer their time and expertise.

The design of the monument was a community effort, starting with the double-sided metal waving flag - an icon of hope and freedom. Then the brass circle holding it true - symbolizing the circle of life. Much thought, time, and research went into the stature of the monument, knowing as a group that the image of the firefighters raising the flag at ground zero was to be a intricate part of the design. There was an importance to build this monument strong and true - to stand the test of time against the elements.

Lowell Swenseid, a Salome High School Art Teacher, designed and sculpted the art piece for the center of the monument. It depicts the now famous image of three fire fighters raising the American Flag over the debris at ground zero. The art piece was cast in bronze and donated by Thumb Butte Bronze of Prescott. The brass ring was fabricated by Glendale Welding. The Dobbin's of Salome Ready Mix donated the concrete, decorative rocks, and labor. Materials & much labor were donated by Mo Montijo - Mo's Fix It, Doug Wolfe & Gary Cole - Grower's Oil, and Larry Leach - Double L. Handyman. Gabe Palma donated labor and the forms for the curbs. Gator Jorschumb built the concrete forms and supplied material. Richard Sena from Phoenix donated time & labor for staining the concrete. Salome Lion's Club donated the concrete stain. Food & beverage for the numerous work parties was provided by Illene Wood, Linda Darland, Mo Montijo, and Brenda Millan. Many hours from other volunteers, including the fire department, contributed to this mission of heart felt patriotism.

August Work Parties

September Work Parties


The photos for the slide shows were provided by Harcuvar Office Worx

This presentation is donated - with much admiration for a job well done - by Sandy, Arizona Outback Online

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