Veterans Commission

Veterans Plaza BrochureCOMMISSIONERS

Gary Louie, Air Force – Chair
Roy Reel, Navy - Vice-Chair
Steven Guzauskis, Navy
Marsha Meadows - N/A
Charles Riffel, Army
Ken Smitheman, Army


"Serving the City of Hayden by enhancing the recognition and welfare of all those who have served in the United States Military Services."

If you are interested in volunteering for the Veterans Commission, please click  HERE  for information. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Recreation and Community Events Department at (208) 772-4411.

Veterans Memorial PlazaPFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans Memorial Plaza
Dedicated May 25, 2009.

In 2007, the City of Hayden revitalized its downtown district with sidewalks and the widening of Government Way to make Downtown Hayden a pedestrian friendly community. This project eliminated much of City Hall’s parking and impeded on the Memorial dedicated to the Veterans Memorial Plaza Robert J. Gordon Family (a local Hayden man killed in Vietnam at the age of 19.)  Former City Administrator Jay Townsend worked closely with the Gordon Family, Tom Sherry of Sherry Pratt Van Voorhis Landscape Architects, Hayden Arts Commission and Hayden Veteran Affairs Committee to create a memorial to rededicate to PFC Robert J. Gordon and a dedication to all service men and women that have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces.

Paver Stone in PlazaTo add a personal touch to the memorial, the Commemorative Brick Program was introduced which allows the public to purchase naming rights to a paver in our Memorial Plaza. The City of Hayden, along with the Veteran Affairs Committee, held a dedication of the plaza and re-dedication of the PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, 2009. To have a Commemorative Brick placed in our Veterans Memorial the veteran must be currently serving or have served under general but honorable conditions in the United States Armed Forces. Residency of Hayden is not required and naming rights can be purchased for friends, family or other loved one who are deceased, missing in action or under prisoner of war status.

To date, there are 252 commemorative bricks installed in the memorial plaza.

2021 Distinguished Veteran - Now Accepting Nominations
The Hayden Veteran's Commission honors one veteran, enlisted, warranted or commissioned office, annually that epitomizes the spirit of "Duty, Honor, and Country" both during their military service and in continued service to the Hayden Community.

Criteria and Nomination instructions can be found here.