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Video clip of Interview with Rick Crandall

Colorado Freedom Memorial honors state's war dead
The American Legion posted a nice story on our Memorial Day Ceremony...


Denver-Based Furniture Row NASCAR Racing Team Dedicates Hood of No. 78 Car to the Colorado Freedom Memorial for Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day Race
May 13, 2014 – Denver, COLORADO – The Colorado Freedom Memorial is proud to announce that Denver-based Furniture Row Racing will be honoring generations of Colorado's fallen veterans when the No. 78 car competes in the 55th Annual Coca-Cola 600 this Memorial Day Weekend, with only the Colorado Freedom Memorial name emblazoned on its hood.

The Colorado Freedom Memorial (CFM) honors every fallen Colorado military veteran by name, from every branch of service and every conflict dating back to the Spanish American War in 1896. The Memorial, which is located in Aurora, is made up of glass panels on which nearly 6000 Colorado heroes are honored.

"Donating the hood of our No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS to the Colorado Freedom Memorial is a small, but meaningful way that we can pay tribute to those who have offered the greatest sacrifice for our freedoms," said Furniture Row Racing Owner, Barney Visser. Visser, who is a Vietnam veteran, maintains a personal connection with the Colorado Freedom Memorial.

Prior to the May 25 race, the Furniture Row Chevrolet will be unveiled at an event open to the public at the Colorado Freedom Memorial on Tuesday, May 20 from 4 – 6 p.m.

The Memorial is located across the street from Buckley Air Force Base at Aurora's Springhill Community Park: 756 Telluride St., Aurora, CO 80011.

"The tribute by Furniture Row Racing to the fallen veterans from their home state of Colorado is wonderful," said Colorado Freedom Memorial Founder and President Rick Crandall. "Thousands of Colorado families will know their loss has not been forgotten on a weekend dedicated to their sacrifice."
Prior to the race in North Carolina on May 25, the Colorado Freedom Memorial will be hosting its annual dedication ceremony in Aurora, Colo.


Photos: Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora
Photo Gallery of panel arrival...

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Final Precious Cargo For The Colorado Freedom Memorial Arrives
The Colorado Freedom Memorial will open in time for Memorial Day weekend at Aurora's Springhill Community Park.


Freedom Memorial passing through Fort Morgan

Freedom Memorial Ground Breaking
Following 12-years of fund-raising, research and planning the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation will break ground for construction of a one-of-a-kind tribute to the sacrifice made by Colorado's veterans on the battlefield. Military and Civilian dignitaries as well as Gold Star Families and the general public will gather to celebrate at 11:00am on Saturday, February 2nd at the Memorial site, 756 Telluride St. in Aurora

"The Colorado Freedom Memorial is a long overdue recognition of the debt we owe thousands of Colorado families for the sacrifice of their loved ones to keep us free," said Colorado Freedom Memorial Founder and President Rick Crandall. "We've spent 12 years trying to raise money for construction and researching the names that should be on the Memorial and at times it seemed like this day would never come. It's hard to describe the emotions we all feel right now."

The Memorial contains the names of all Colorado veterans killed in action since statehood in 1876, so the Spanish-American War through today. Near 6000 names make up the honor roll that will be listed on the Memorial's glass panels when it is dedicated on May 26, 2013. Because of the different ways of maintaining records over the years researching names has been a monumental task.

For the ground-breaking, local Military Commanders and elected officials will be in attendance along with a color guard, singing of the national anthem and short comments. Dignitaries will move the first shovel of dirt followed by Gold Star families. Then the public will be invited to grab a shovel and dig a scoop of dirt.

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updated: 3/25/2014