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Freedom Park raising flag pole in honor of veterans

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – The Freedom Park Memorial Committee will dedicate the first portion of the Freedom Park Memorial at 5:30 pm on Tuesday. This memorial flag pole and surrounding plaza are just the first portion of a larger memorial to all veterans and emergency service providers.While the complete memorial has always been envisioned as a multi-year project, this initial phase sets the tone for all that is to follow, the committee said. Its focus will be a 40-foot tall illuminated flag pole, displaying the national colors, centered in a 350-square-foot plaza. When completed the memorial will include pavers in the plaza dedicated by family and friends to those who have served their country and community in the military, fire, police, ambulance or other emergency service organizations. The flags of all the military services, as well as those of emergency services organizations, will also be displayed here in the near future.Surrounding the flag pole will be a group of basalt columns. These will be engraved with the names of Eagle County veterans, law enforcement officers and EMS providers who have fallen in the line of duty. One of the columns will also contain the names of significant donors to the project.When completed, the memorial will also include a portion of the stone removed from the Pentagon after the 9/11 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,” Patricia Hammon, Freedom Park Memorial Committee board president, said.The complete memorial was designed by Doug DeChant of Shepard Resources and Glen Ellison of Land Designs by Ellison. Construction of this portion of the memorial was made possible by generous donations from Eagle County, Lafarge N. America Inc. Concrete, Evelyn Pinney, Land Designs by Ellison, Gallegos Masonry, Mountain Top Masonry, Hi-Cranes, Robert Martinez Trucking, Kemp & Co. Inc. and Nelson Electric.Everyone is welcome to the dedication of this initial portion of Freedom Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair for the short ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.The site is on the west side of the new lake in Miller Ranch in Edwards, between Colorado Mountain College and the soccer fields. For more information, call 390-4686.Vail, Colorado

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