BACKGROUND: The Rock of Honor is the brainchild of Meridian VFW Commander and WWII Navy Veteran John H. Burns, who, upon moving here six years ago, found no memorials for fallen veterans in Meridian. He wrote an article in his column “One Vet’s View,” for our local newspaper, The Valley Times. He collaborated with the American Legion and formed a joint committee. The article was noticed by Mayor Tammy de Weerd who helped coordinate a site at the newest, largest park in Meridian, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, which is currently under construction. Besides having a Senior Center, the Trustees of the park saw fit to donate land and other resources to see this memorial come to fruition.
Below the mission statement will be the center piece of the monument. The inscription on the Rock of Honor was written by John Harrington Burns, who also writes for the Valley times. The Cap stone on the Rock of Honor was written by Paul De Calb Taylor inspired by John H. Burns.
To “Preserve” our “Freedoms” that have been handed down by our forefathers, guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and to “Honor” the people that have had the “Courage” to defend those rights. To “Preserve” and “Honor” the memory of those who have died in defense of our great nation. To teach and pass on the rights and freedoms we have inherited. By the demonstration of Courage to Honor our veterans Preserving our Freedoms, we Honor their Courage, and Preserve our Freedoms.
The purpose for the formation of this corporation is:
1. The building of a Memorial to honor those that were citizens of the City of Meridian, Idaho, who served and died in the defense of our nation starting from the date of Idaho’s statehood.
2. To establish an entity to maintain and oversee the upkeep of the memorial.
3. To provide an avenue of education to all who come to the memorial, of the price that was paid for the freedoms that all
4. To provide a place for public events that would honor past and present veterans.
5. To be a collective hub of information on all
6. To make available to the public information that is collected on a Veteran’s service for the purpose of historical record.
Vision StatementWe the Directors of the Rock of Honor Memorial, Inc. wish to create a living memorial that honors the citizens that have served and died defending our country during wars, past and present. We desire to provide a place of honor where people can congregate, participate, and be educated of the freedoms that we as United States citizens share. We envision the memorial with the ability to grow not only with the names of those who paid the ultimate price, but also honors the veterans that have served, and those still serving. We envision this memorial as more than a pretty rock to simply stand and look at. We are striving for a living, growing and useful, center for enriching our city, its citizens, and all who may come visit.