PIMA — Twenty-seven Pima men died in service to the country during World War II, the largest loss by any community in the country on a per-capita basis.
To honor the sacrifice of those men, the Town Council called on the graphics design program at Pima High School to come up with a fitting memorial.
However, the two designs submitted by Hannah Lofgreen and Analicia Sanchez to the council for approval were so impressive, the council opted to work with the designers to find a way to incorporate both.
“I think whatever they have to do will work. And we can work it out and figure out how to make it look as good as we can,” Lofgreen said.
Both feature a long walkway to a central memorial, surrounded by green space and benches, and it was the latter that Sanchez said proved to be the biggest challenge in the design.
“Finding the plants and benches and bricks to all tie together and make it look as nice as possible,” she said.
Town officials are negotiating with property owners about a potential location, and the council is using the 2021-22 budget process to determine how much can be spent on the memorial.