Jim Geiser, an Arizona State University graduate, is credited with raising money for a project that culminated Saturday during the dedication of the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen.
Geiser, who died in August 2022 just months before work on the granite monument began, "almost singlehandedly raised more than $300,000 required to design, engineer and build the memorial," Scottsdale officials said in a release.
The memorial honors those who lived in Scottsdale and nearby Native American communities for their service in the United States military.
Sixty-six of those service members made the ultimate sacrifice, and their names are engraved on the granite faces of the memorial, which is on Scottsdale City Hall's Memorial Lawn.
The memorial had its beginning in June 2014 when a group of Scottsdale residents formed the City of Scottsdale Memorial Action Committee.
The effort was led by Geiser, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and a graduate of Scottsdale High School and ASU, the release stated.
The memorial area includes benches, one honoring Geiser.