Piece of Pentagon visits valley Saturday
EAGLE COUNTY – An eight-foot block of limestone torn off the Pentagon in the Sept. 11 attacks is traveling from Washington D.C. to Vail and will be shown off throughout the valley Saturday as part of the “Freedom Rock Tour.” The limestone, dedicated by the U.S. Department of Defense, will be permanently displayed in Edwards’ Freedom Park at a memorial for veterans, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other public safety workers. “We’re thrilled to be one of just 15 sites in the United States to be able to display a piece of the Pentagon displaced by 9/11,” said Commander Scott Carpenter (Ret.) and a former Mercury astronaut who piloted the second American manned orbital flight on May 24, 1962.
The Freedom Rock Tour begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in Vail and will travel west through the Vail Valley. Eagle County police and fire departments will form an escort the limestone into the valley where it will be driven through each town in the county to promote the Edwards’ memorial park’s ground-breaking on April 15.Freedom Park is expected to open in the spring of 2006. The park will commemorate all military veterans as well as Eagle County emergency workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. A timeline wall will list the conflicts involving United States forces since 1775. A Freedom Trail walking path lined with flags will lead visitors to and from the veterans and emergency workers memorials.
Placed along the Freedom Trail will be seven basalt obelisks representing different eras in U.S. history including The Revolutionary War/ War of 1812, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War and the War on Terrorism. There will also be an obelisk dedicated to world peace. The Pentagon limestone will be featured as part of The War on Terrorism section of the memorial park.The Freedom Rock Tour on March 5 is organized by the Freedom Park Memorial Committee, a nonprofit organization. For more information call Pat Hammon, 390-4686, or Lt. Col Buddy Sims, 926-3068. The group’s Web site is: http://www.freedomparkmemorial.org.