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A memorial in the making

Don Rogers

A piece of Pentagon rock will soon parade from Vail Pass to Freedom Park, bringing 9/11 to Eagle County in a very real way.Yes, having an honor guard of police and firefighters at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, for this 8-foot piece of limestone struck of terrorests from the pass to the park in Edwards might be so much pomp and circumstance taken by itself. But it’s also important, particularly to people who have served on the front lines.It’s not the rock, of course. Or the exercise in itself. It’s all about respect for the sacrifices of comrades. The fragment represents the reality of war and terrorism, in which real people get hurt and killed, and loved ones are threatened. Sure, it’s the ideals of America and our notion of democracy. But it’s also personal.The parade will culminate the work of a committee planning a fitting memorial to the men and women who have served in the military and the emergency services, a front line with its own set of sacrifices that indeed merit recognition.And so the rock, and the park, and a big bold always alight American flag and a trail with commemorative turnouts reflecting on the various wars and their meaning for us all. All this will be built by the lake at Berry Creek next to the Colorado Mountain College campus.You can contribute. To learn how, visit http://www.freedomparkmemorial.org or contact Buddy Sims at 926-3068 or bsims@vail.net, Pat Hammons at 390-4868, or path@vail.net or Rohn Robbins at 926-4461 or robbins@colorado.net.The memorial is about commemoration, remembrance, reflection. Ultimately, it’s about respect. And it’s about time.D.R.Vail, Colorado


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