UW Bothell dedicates new Veterans Archway to honor veterans

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Veterans, elected officials and the community are invited to join the UW Bothell campus community in dedicating the new Veterans Archway, a permanent welcome to veterans seeking a college education, on May 28.

Conceptualized by the UW Bothell chapter of the Student Veterans Association (SVA), the Veterans Archway will have a permanent place on the north end of campus adjacent to the sports and recreation complex.

Ben Wiselogle, UW Bothell ’12, was a non-commissioned officer in the Navy, a member of the SVA and the childhood friend of Bothell native and Marine First Lieutenant Nicholas Madrazo who died in Afghanistan. He says his passion behind making the Veterans Archway a reality was driven by Madrazo’s death.  To the visitors, bicyclists, families and anyone who passes by, Wiselogle says he wants one thing, “Remember us.”

As one might expect from a group of military veterans, the significance of every design element was carefully considered before the plan was carried out.

From pillars that form a pathway signifying veterans moving on from service to the sculpted tri-folded American flag sitting atop the center stone, Wiselogle says the Veterans Archway also carries a message for veterans, “You sacrificed while you were in uniform. This campus, this community supports you in your transition to successful civilian life.” Wiselogle added, “This is a permanent statement by the university, by the student body, by the local community that we are behind you.

When it is complete, the Veterans Archway will also include concrete pavers with engraved seals representing all U.S. military who were deployed. The project was designed and produced by landscape architect Rich VanDeMark of RVLA in Issaquah.

Wiselogle is quick to point out that while the Veterans Archway was conceived by students, it could not be close to completion without the financial support of the American Legion Post 161, VFW Post 2995, Hos Brothers Construction and many other generous contributors.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will be a featured speaker at the dedication along with Commander Jim Broe from American Legion Post 161, representatives from the UW Bothell SVA and UW Bothell administration.

UW Bothell student Alexis Love says she will be honored to sing the national anthem at the ceremony, “My dad has been in the military for 25 years now and I have a total appreciation for the military.”

The community is invited to attend the dedication of the Veterans Archway. RSVP using this link:

UW Bothell Veterans Archway

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