Freedom Park flagpole to be dedicated July 4 |

Freedom Park flagpole to be dedicated July 4

EDWARDS ” The Freedom Park Memorial Committee will dedicate the first portion of the Freedom Park Memorial at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, which is the Fourth of July.

This flagpole and surrounding plaza are the first portion of a larger memorial to all veterans and emergency service workers from Eagle County who have died in the line of duty.

The memorial is a multi-year project, but at its center is the 40-foot tall, illuminated flag pole in a 350-square-foot plaza.

When completed, the plaza will have pavers dedicated by the family and friends of those who have served in the military or work for fire, police, ambulance or other emergency service agencies. The flags of all the military services, as well as those of emergency services agencies, will also be displayed here in the near future.

Surrounding the flag pole will be a group of basalt columns that will be engraved with the names of Eagle County veterans, law enforcement officers and emergency providers who have died in the line of duty. One of the columns will also contain the names of significant donors to the project.

The memorial will also include a portion of the stone removed from the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attacks, a time line of our nation’s wars and individual monuments devoted to emergency services as well as military veterans. Memorials specific to conflicts critical to our nations history are also planned for the site.

“We believe that dedicating this beginning to the community’s memorial on our nation’s birthday can serve to remind us all of the sacrifices it takes to keep our nation strong and free and to keep our communities safe from harm” said Patricia Hammon, Freedom Park Memorial Committee board president.

The public is invited to Tuesday’s ceremony, which will feature local high school students: soloist Molly Brooks, and essay winner Hanna Nelson; a military color guard; and the raising of the American flag at this site for the first time.

For more information, contact Pat Hammon at 390-4686.

EAGLE COUNTY “The Eagle County Assessors Office wants to remind seniors who have owned property for more than 10 consecutive years, are at least 65 years old on Jan. 1, and are the occupant of the property, that they may qualify for the homestead exemption for property taxation.

Seniors should have received a copy of this exemption with their tax notices earlier this year. If they did not, they should call the Eagle County Assessors Office at 328-8640.

The application must be filed by July 15 of the year for which the exemption is requested. Post mark must be on or before that date. Once the exemption is filed and approved it will remain in effect for subsequent years.

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