Groundbreaking Scheduled for The Great Falls Defense of Freedom Memorial


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Nov. 21, 2003

 

Groundbreaking Scheduled for
The Great Falls Defense of Freedom Memorial

 

On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. on the Great Falls Community Library grounds, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Great Falls Defense of Freedom Memorial Committee will break ground for the Great Falls Defense of Freedom Memorial. Various elected officials including Supervisor Stu Mendelsohn and Supervisor-Elect Joan DuBois, Dranesville District,will be on hand to celebrate the start of this project.

On Sept. 29, 2003, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project’s concept. The memorial was proposed by a 15-member Defense of Freedom Memorial Committee headed by retired U.S. Marine Col. Pete Hilgartner to honor local residents who have given their lives while defending liberty.

Plans call for a three stone monument which will be carved to resemble waterfalls with the large center stone inscribed with these words: “The Community of Great Falls, Virginia Honors Those Who Have Given of Themselves in Service to the Cause of Liberty.”

A book inside the library will include the names of members of the armed forces, firefighters, police officers, the six Great Falls residents who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and others who have served the cause of U.S. liberty. The only other common thread among them will be residency in the Great Falls community.

It should be noted that in earlier communications this was referred to as the Great Falls Defense of Freedom Monument. It should now be referred to as The Great Falls Defense of Freedom Memorial.

For information about the ceremony, call 703-356-0551, TTY 703-356-5320.


 

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