Fort Lewis and Equity Residential will break ground on a new Reflection Park on July 6, at 10 a.m. on land adjacent to the Cascade Community Center on main post.
The Reflection Park will be a tranquil place to memorialize fallen Service members from the State of Washington, and the park’s timeline will incorporate wars and conflicts from WWI through the present day Global War on Terrorism.
Equity Residential will fund and construct the Reflection Park as one of their community park projects. The park will consist of an open entryway building, a large expanse of hardscape patio, and a water feature.
Surviving family members will participate in the overall development of the Reflection Park through the placement of engraved bricks or stones in the park’s walkway which will bear the names, dates, and information about their fallen Service member.
There will be statues of unknown Soldiers from each era and they will be displayed along a landscape walkway timeline representing different conflicts.
The park will also include an electronic kiosk in the main building which will display information on conflict history, unit action and fallen individuals. It will also serve as a directory and a park locator. The statues, electronic kiosk, and some other elements of the park will be paid for through donations from private organizations.
The Reflection Park idea and design grew from meetings held with focus groups across Fort Lewis and the surrounding communities.