Remember their Sacrifices, and Help Honor Their Memory with the CFM
May 31, 2010

Please take a few moments today, tonight, this week, to appreciate all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. So many of us truly don’t understand the cost our military has endured, and what the families left behind have lost. Regardless of your political views on war, these men and women have fought and died defending our country, and we owe them more than we can ever repay.

 

On an extremely personal note, I wanted to share with you my involvement with the Colorado Freedom Memorial. (www.cfmf.net) This will be the first Monument in America to honor local veterans of all wars, by name, in one place. Regardless of one’s rank, one’s branch of service, and one’s generation of conflict – giving your life for your country is the highest price to be paid.

The Colorado Freedom Memorial will be constructed of glass that will reflect Colorado’s mountains and blue skies. It will be approximately 14-feet tall and 100-feet wide. Each of the names of the over 6,000 Coloradans killed or missing in action will be etched in the glass panels dedicated to the specific war in which they fought. In the case of the MIA’s, their names will be etched in a special panel of glass. Each entry will contain the individual’s name and hometown. As the visitor looks at the glass, it will reflect back his/her own image so that the visitor actually becomes a part of the memorial. The height of the glass and the reflected surroundings will seem to loom over the visitor and then fade away—all symbolic of service men and women falling in action. The wars represented in this stunning monument are all separated from Colorado by water. To maintain that division, a stream of water moves along the walking path between the visitor and the memorial wall. Marble markers like those found in military cemeteries around the world will be located behind the glass. The memorial will be located on a two-acre parcel near Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

 

Some history of the project: In January of 2001 the first meeting was held to begin the process of building the Colorado Freedom Memorial. We were off and running with big dreams for the only memorial in America to include names of those killed in action from all branches of service and all wars in one monument. Surely this would be a slam dunk since everyone would realize the need for such a tribute. By August of 2001 everything seemed in place to begin an aggressive fund-raising campaign, and then came September 11, 2001. After the attacks of 9/11 we realized it was no longer the appropriate time to be seeking donations. For all practical purposes the Colorado Freedom Memorial campaign was shelved for the next 3+ years.

Finally, in February 2005, it felt like the time had come to re-energize the effort to build the Colorado Freedom Memorial. Patriotism was at an all time high with an outpouring of support for the troops fighting, and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. At that time some 30 men from Colorado had been killed in action and the importance of honoring their sacrifice was obvious to us all. We held several special events including concerts, motorcycle rides and a radiothon at KEZW-AM 1430. Enthusiasm for the CFM was at an all-time high. We put a sign up near the corner of Alameda and Airport Blvd in Aurora to indicate where the Memorial would be built. How long could it possibly take to raise $1 million dollars in this environment? Once again, the world had other plans. Along came the recession and the worst economy our generation had seen. Giving to non-profits plummeted and like after the events of 9/11, the Colorado Freedom Memorial became a secondary thought. Hard to make contributions when you’re trying to keep your business doors open, or put food on the family table. Once again we found ourselves doing all we could to keep moving forward during a difficult time.

So, here we are in 2010 and we are praying the 3rd time is a charm. Once again people seem to be receptive to our message that we cannot forget the sacrifice made by Colorado veterans for our freedom. We cannot let the families of those left behind feel we have forgotten the sacrifice they’ve made for us. Now, more than ever, we need your help. I ask that you take a few minutes today to help me support this project. Obviously you can donate money, but you can also support this worthy cause by donating some time as well. If you know people, corporations or foundations that we could contact to be contributors, please let us know. Be a spokesperson for the Colorado Freedom Memorial and invite people you know to sign up for our newsletter, or check us out of facebook.

Become a fan of our facebook page – Colorado Freedom Memorial – or join our facebook group – Friends of the Colorado Freedom Memorial – or even just help spread the word to others in conversation. We will take any help we can get! We need everyone spreading the word about what we’re trying to do to as many people as possible. In all that sharing of information we’ll turn over the one stone that holds the key to success. It’s time.

 Thank you!!!

 

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Ryan "TheSuperfly" Prast
Current designer, future artist, eternal manchild, Ryan "The Superfly" Prast uses his toynerd acumen to delve deep into the profound nuances of life. With a penchant for tiny plastic men and nostalgia of times past, he also enjoys panelology, obscure cultural references, tomfoolery and/or shenanigans, conspiracy theories, and watching his Cubs flush another season down the toilet. And he always keeps his fork when there’s pie.
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5 Comments »

  • Danny CantinaDan says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this worthy project, Ryan. Best of luck to the CFM. It will be a very impressive monument!

  • kevfett says:

    That’s a good lookin’ memorial! It’s a shame there isn’t something like this being made in EVERY state.

    I find it interesting that Colorado can’t seem to raise the money to get this off of the ground even in this economy. That’s pocket change for the collective rosters of the Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and Colorado Avalanche. Maybe they need to step up and truly honor these service men and women. They do their moments of silence and applause for the troops but couldn’t they do more?

    I absolutely love Colorado and Denver itself so I will definately do something. I’m going on vacation later this month and never really spend as much as I save for it, so I will get something together for early July. It won’t be a ton, but every little bit will probably help.

  • The Superfly says:

    Thanks for the support, guys! You honestly don’t need to donate any money, although that is an amazing gesture! Even just spreading the word is enough, and helping us gain momentum to find a way to get this done.

    It’s pretty amazing to me, too, that once of the local teams haven’t stepped up yet to support this project. I would have thought the Broncos would have been thrilled to be involved and get some major PR. Even just donating a little would help, but I am still working on it. I’m sure the Broncos/Avs/Rox/Nuggets PR folks are really tired of my emails by now…haha

  • kevfett says:

    Keep bugging them! I ran numbers and the combined attendence, for all four sports, in their last completed season was 4.575 million people. Maybe if the teams won’t directly donate they would let you set up a the games. Perhaps they could include some sort of way to donate as people renew their season tickets. What’s another $1 to $25 when you are spending $500 to $1000 a seat for season tickets?

    I noticed a Kansas State University grad designed the memorial. That’s where I live. I know Universities have been hit hard by budget cuts but I wonder if an Alumni Association would get behind a graduates project like this? As of 2008-2009 there are about 190,000 Alumini members. Over 7300 live in Colorado. Perhaps an article in the alumni magazine could spark interest? Just an idea.

  • toyotter says:

    Awesome job, ‘Fly! I’m always amazed at how our country used to do monuments to our servicemen/women all the time, then just started to stop celebrating public service.

    Keep at it! You do us all proud!

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