AURORA - After 12 years of fundraising, research and planning the Colorado Freedom Memorial finally broke ground Saturday.
More than a hundred people including veterans, community members and families of those who have served, gathered to pay tribute and celebrate a one-of-a-kind memorial.
The memorial will include 6,000 names, to honor every Colorado veteran killed in action since 1876.
The memorial will be constructed of glass that will reflect Colorado's mountains and blue skies.
It will be 14-feet tall and 100-feet wide and have a place to reflect and pray and space for celebrations and gatherings.
The memorial will be located near Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora and should be completed by May 26, 2013.
"It is so wonderful that we are here today to honor the fallen from our home state with this memorial and it will be a testament to the sacrifices of the men and woman who have left this soil to defend this country," Rep. Mike Coffman, (R) Colorado, said.
"The Colorado Freedom Memorial is a long overdue recognition of the debt we owe thousands of Colorado families for the sacrifice of their loved ones to keep us free," Colorado Freedom Memorial Founder and President Rick Crandall said. "We've spent 12 years trying to raise money for construction and researching the names that should be on the Memorial and at times it seemed like this day would never come. It's hard to describe the emotions we all feel right now."
The memorial costs $1.5 million dollars, all of which has been raised by volunteers.
To learn more, visit www.cfmf.net or call 303- 248-3990.
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