Utah wants input for proposed World War II memorial

The state wants your input for a proposed World War II memorial in Utah.

The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts announced on Friday that its Utah World War II Memorial Commission is inviting all residents to complete a brief survey to help plan a memorial to honor those who contributed to the WWII effort.

The survey includes five questions about the potential site, digital archiving and fundraising. It will remain open for input until early December.

"The memorial will recognize those who fought overseas and those who sacrificed here at home,” stated Don Hartley, director of the Utah Division of State History and commission member.

Sponsored by State Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost and State Sen. Kirk Cullimore, the Utah Legislature created the World War II Memorial Commission in 2019 to "identify potential sites for a memorial, gather information about design elements of a memorial, and drafting a robust process of 'next steps,'" stated a Friday press release.

The World War II Memorial Commission is made up of eight state leaders:

  • Commander Marti Bigbie, American Legion
  • Sen. Kirk Cullimore, Utah Senate
  • Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost, Utah House
  • Jerry Estes, Disabled American Veterans
  • Rep. Stephen Handy, Utah House
  • Gary Harter, Utah Dept. of Veterans & Military Affairs
  • Don Hartley, Utah Division of State History
  • Dennis Howland, Veterans of Foreign Wars

According to the press release, while some suggested the Utah Capitol as a potential location, the Capitol Preservation Board is currently not accepting any proposals for new monuments or markers at the complex. Also, no new memorial can be built on Capitol grounds before 2104, which will allow future generations to have the room for additional monuments.

“Do you have any suggestions for how the memorial should be designed? What do you hope the memorial captures? Our intent is to recognize all Utahns who contributed to the World War II effort. Please complete the survey and encourage others to do so,” Hartley said.

To complete the World War II Memorial survey, click here.