Learn more about the Colorado Freedom Memorial
Celebrate the military heroes of Colorado this Memorial Day. The 6th Annual Colorado Remembers Ceremony hosted the Colorado Freedom Memorial, is a truly unique celebration with one mission – honor those who gave all. Learn more about the celebration and the first of its kind memorial below.
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Where: 756 Telluride St. Aurora, CO
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Enjoy a pancake breakfast and live music performance
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Attend the official Colorado Remembers Ceremony
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Tour the Colorado Freedom Memorial and Static Military Displays
Honor the Colorado military by stopping by the Colorado Freedom Memorial for the 6thAnnual Colorado Remembers Ceremony. This celebration is complete with a helicopter flyover, music by Sound of the Rockies Normandy Chorus and the Beverly Bells as well as an American Bald Eagle presented by HawkQuest and more. From 11:00 AM through 1:00 PM, catch a tour of the Colorado Freedom Memorial and discover the traveling museum presented by the Rocky Mountain Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.
The towering glass panels of the Colorado Freedom Memorial honor men and women who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice. However, it’s no ordinary military monument. The Colorado Freedom Memorial is the first American memorial dedicated to every Coloradoan killed or missing in action from the 1898 Spanish American War through today. The 6,000+ heroes represent each of Colorado’s 64 counties, forming an unbreakable bond of sacrifice across the state.
The memorial is situated within a four-acre park complete with green space and walking path for visitors. Located at 756 Telluride St. in Aurora, the Colorado Freedom Memorial is open daily and serves as a constant reminder to visitors and locals alike.
The idea for the memorial was captured by Rick Crandall. Crandall, an Aurora native, President of the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation and Chairman of the Visit Aurora Board of Directors, began the ongoing journey of honoring the thousands of soldiers who never returned home to Colorado during the summer of 2000. After more than a decade of planning, fundraising, and construction – the Colorado Freedom Memorial was dedicated on May 26, 2013. This year, the Colorado Freedom Memorial celebrates its 6th anniversary on Memorial Day. "I hope people will take away an appreciation that young men and women from Colorado, with their whole lives in front of them, put on the uniform and gave their dreams so others might live theirs," said Crandall.
Crandall has spoken candidly about the meaningfulness behind the memorial today and for generations to come. “The memorial doesn’t bring them closure, but it does bring them closer,” Crandall explained. “Over 3,000 soldiers haven’t come home, this is how families feel connected.” Today, there are more than 6,100 names recognized on the memorial and the number continues to grow each year as more soldiers’ names are uncovered and documented.
Discover more about the memorial and its mission on their official website.