The Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) monument is being erected in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza located in the “front yard” of the Arizona State Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ.
The ASSM will be a Memorial to honor the "silent service" of ALL submarines and submarine veterans. Its concept was originated by former submariner and Chief Quartermaster Danny Ray Moss who enlisted the help of a small group of Arizona submarine veterans from the USSVI's Perch Base Chapter and the design team of Renee Palmer-Jones Stevens (Designer), Jim Martin (Engineer), and Steve Rusch (Draftsman/Model Maker). There are many more who were instrumental in this monumental effort and it was State Senator Al Melvin (R) who championed and introduced Senate Bill 1401 its placement to the Arizona legislature, who passed the Bill and Governor Jan Brewer signed it into law on April 24, 2014.
Once in place, the ASSM will stand 14 feet long, 6 feet wide and 11 feet high. It will carry the plaques of the Great Seal of the United States, Seal of the United States Navy, submarine dolphins (gold representing officers and silver representing the enlisted) and dedication to those involved and who contributed to its success. Memorial Pavers commemorating submarine veterans service will be placed around the Memorial. The sales for the engraved brick pavers ended on 17 July 2020. The ASSM Paver Program was very successful and raised the necessary funding to proceed with the construction and the permanent placement of the memorial at the Plaza grounds. This allowed the construction of the memorial to begin in January 2020.
On 11 June 2020, the Arizona State Administration approved the project and on Monday, 3 August 2020, a ground breaking ceremony took place at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix.
The ASSM Foundation Committee has declared April 10, 2021 for the formal dedication of the monument. We invite you to visit this website frequently for updates and to learn of more information about the event. Announcements will be made and If you would like to be added to our email listing please click here.
For those who have supported the ASSM Project, a heartfelt THANK YOU! You have helped tremendously in achieving the goal to perpetuate the memory of all submariners.
The ASSM Foundation Committee