Colorado's Freedom Memorial to be dedicated Memorial Day weekend

Nearly 6,000 names appear on wall

AURORA, Colo. - Nearly 12 years of fundraising becomes a reality Memorial day weekend when the Colorado Freedom Memorial will be dedicated.

The memorial stands ten-feet high and is 120-feet long. Glass panels are engraved with the names of nearly 6,000 Colorado men and women who have died in wars dating back to the Spanish American War in 1898.

KEZW's "Breakfast Club"host Rick Crandall began work on the memorial more than a decade ago while on assignment in Omaha Beach.

"We set out initially to set up a proper accurate accounting of Colorado's war dead since we became a state," said Crandall.
 
That project evolved in the the Colorado Freedom Memorial.
 
For Crandall it's a noble project with a simple message. For all you veterans that served and for all the families left behind, we truly have not forgotten," said Crandall.
 
The 101st Army Band, Face Vocal Band and Mollie Weaver will perform at a concert to honor Gold Star families Saturday, May 25 from 5 - 7 p.m. on The Great Lawn at the Aurora Municipal Building.
 
Tickets are limited. They be secured by going to www.militaryevents.us and using event code: CFM.
 
Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. the memorial will be dedicated. The ceremony is open to the public, and will be held at the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Springhill Community Park, 756 N. Telluride St., Aurora, Colo., 80111.
 
The dedication ceremony will feature VIP guest speakers, representatives of Colorado's legislative delegation, honor guard and color posting, a wreath-laying ceremony, bird release and performances by the 101st Army Band.
 
For more information about the memorial, visit www.CFMF.net.
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