Memorial Honors Colorado's Fallen Heroes

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They're our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives and husbands. They're the troops who got the call to defend America, but some never returned home. Now, one man’s labor of love is to make sure those fallen heroes are never forgotten.

Rick Crandall of KEZW 1430AM is trying to raise money for the Colorado Freedom Memorial, which will be located in Aurora on the west side of Buckley Air Force Base. It’s about recognizing Coloradoans who left here, seeing the mountains for the last time, serving their country and were killed doing it. That deserves recognition,” Crandall said.

The memorial will honor more than 6,000 Coloradoans who gave their greatest sacrifice from the Spanish-American War through today. Their names will be etched upon the walls. The memorial will be a place to remember and a place to salute fallen heroes. “It’s a glass wall about 14 feet tall and 100 feet long. There will be different panels to represent the different conflicts. The panels of glass bend forward and backward, like soldiers falling in action.” The memorial will take up about two acres. “Conditions of being on the memorial is that the fallen hero has to have Colorado as a residence when they entered service.”

Groundbreaking should happen in about a year. More than one million dollars is still needed to build the Colorado Freedom Memorial.

For more information on how you can donate or to make sure your fallen hero is on the wall, go to