County memorial to celebrate freedom |

County memorial to celebrate freedom

Randy Wyrick

America’s veterans will soon have a memorial in Edwards’ Freedom Park.

Before a packed house Tuesday morning, the county commissioners gave the go-ahead for a memorial honoring veterans and the county’s law enforcement and emergency service workers. The memorial’s home will be near the new pond in Freedom Park, part of the Miller Ranch complex in Edwards.

Eagle Valley High School student Stephanie Morris said the location is perfect for quiet reflection, and suggested a path could be part of the configuration.

While funding remains up in the air, the memorial will probably be paid for through a public/private partnership and fund-raising efforts. County officials are asking for members of the general public to be part of the committee spearheading the effort on design and implementation.

Eagle County Commissioner Michael Gallagher originally floated the idea.

“I’ve pondered this for years, and Commissioner Stone agreed with me that part of Freedom Park should contain a symbol of the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Gallagher. “We want to celebrate those Americans who helped create and preserve those freedoms. At the same time we also want to recognize those who’ve chosen to protect us through the involvement in emergency services, those people who fall under the scope of ‘greater love hat no man than he lay down his life for his friends.'”

Support for the proposal saw no opposition in the room Tuesday. Gallagher said community support has been strong for some type of memorial at the site.

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