The 1st Battalion, 24th Marines Memorial is designed to commemorate the twenty-two fallen Marines of that battalion. The Memorial provides a gathering place for the souls of the departed, the Marines, families and community left behind, to honor their brave service and memory.
The lawn affords a ceremonial gathering space for Memorial Day services and other events. The steps to the table can serve as a place to rest or leave behind flowers or mementos. The commemorative table, with 22 empty place settings reinforces that the Memorial Complex is a hallowed place, set apart for the memory of the twenty-two fallen men.
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The Memorial Designers
Nicholas Watkins, Ph.D., is Director of Research for BBH Design. His professional work focuses on those interactions between humans and their built environments that reflect excellence in design and contribute to physical and psychological well-being. He currently serves as a board member of EDRA - Environmental Design Research Association, and has served as EDRA Chair. He was recognized as one of the top ten in healthcare design with an HCD 10 award during the award’s inaugural year. He has studied and published findings exploring the relationship between war memorial designs and the mourning process. His research on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has revealed how veterans and their families use the memorial to honor sacrifices and make sense of traumatic losses. Nick is the other principal designer, of the 1st Battalion, 24th Marines Memorial, he has also been with the committee, since 2007.
Anna Ives is the managing partner of Patterhn ives, llc, and lecturer at Washington University in Saint Louis. Sheis a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, and has built a diverse portfolio of award-winning design in higher education, healthcare and college/university planning work, recently completing a multi-million dollar recreation center for Missouri State University. One of the principal designers of the 1st Battalion, 24th Marines Memorial, she has been with the committee, since its inception in 2007.
The Memorial Architect
Ben Tiseo, FAIA, NCARB is an architect and the President of Tiseo Architects, Inc. Ben immigrated to the United States from a small town in Southern Italy in 1950. After having worked in the construction industry and after serving two years of military service, he earned his Architectural college degree. He opened his own firm in 1980, Tiseo Associates, Inc. In 1996 he became President and Chief Operatting Officer of Redstone Tiseo Architects. In 1998 he, once again, opened his own business as Tiseo Architects, Inc. Mr. Tiseo's experience reflects his interest in technical areas of architecture, including construction and code issues.