Each year the city of Peoria honors veterans and their families at the Peoria Veterans Memorial located in the Rio Vista Community Park at 8866 W. Thunderbird Road. The memorial consists of the Memorial Wall, Honor Wall and Senator John McCain Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.

The Memorial Wall is an 88-foot long, black granite wall that gives special recognition to the five branches of the armed forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Honor Wall is on the backside of the Memorial Wall and pays tribute to past, present and future veterans and their families. The Senator John McCain Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza is dedicated to honoring Vietnam veterans and the centerpiece of the plaza is a 1967 Bell UH-1H “Huey” helicopter that served 3,060 combat hours in Vietnam.

Ahead of Veterans Day this year, the city of Peoria is accepting new nominations for Peoria’s Veterans Honor Wall. Peoria residents can recognize an individual who has served in the U.S. military by reserving a space for their name and service details on the Honor Wall, an important and impactful element of Peoria’s Veterans Memorial. Each honor space will include the veteran’s name, rank, branch, and service years. The new names will be placed on the wall by Wednesday, Nov. 11.

For more information about the Honor Wall or other Peoria veteran memorials, visit peoriaaz.gov.