War heroes honored at Colorado Freedom Memorial

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AURORA, Colo. -- Hundreds of people attended a ceremony Saturday to honor heroes from Colorado who died fighting for their country.

The Colorado Freedom Memorial is a place where Coloradans who were killed in action, 6,208 of them, will forever be remembered.

The names of all of these heroes are written on the glass panels of the memorial.

"These heroes left the mountains of home to fight in places they'd never heard of, answering their nation's call to duty," according to the memorial's website.

"Almost half of the men and women honored on the Memorial never returned home, their remains lost at sea, never recovered behind enemy lines, or buried in far away places.

"For families that never had a cemetery to visit, the Colorado Freedom Memorial becomes a place of grief and of healing."

The memorial is the idea of Rick Crandall. The conception, construction and yearly celebration are a result of his efforts.

Crandall is a host on Crusin' Oldies 1430 AM radio.

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