Dedication Ceremony Scheduled for The Great Falls Freedom Memorial


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Oct. 29, 2004

 

Dedication Ceremony Scheduled for The Great Falls Freedom Memorial

 

On Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. on the Great Falls Community Library grounds, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Committee will dedicate the Great Falls Freedom Memorial. Various elected officials will be on hand to celebrate the completion of this project, hosted by Supervisor Joan DuBois, Dranesville District.

The dedication ceremony will include presentations of thanks to those who made the project possible, musical performances by the Amadeus Brass Ensemble and the King Ringers from Christ the King Lutheran Church, presentation of national, state and county flags that will fly over the memorial, and the reading of names of those honored with this memorial. A ribbon cutting and reception will follow the dedication ceremony.

On Sept. 29, 2003, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project’s concept. The memorial was proposed by a 17-member Freedom Memorial Committee, headed by retired U.S. Marine Col. Pete Hilgartner, to honor local residents who have given of themselves in service while defending liberty. The plaza on the Great Falls Community Library grounds has a three-stone monument as the centerpiece. The large center stone will be inscribed with the words: “The Community of Great Falls, Virginia Honors Those Who Have Given of Themselves in Service to the Cause of Liberty and Freedom.” In addition, the granite curb encircling the memorial plaza will be inscribed with words that highlight some of the principles and virtues held by those who give of themselves in the cause of liberty and freedom every day.

A book on permanent display in the library, titled “Great Falls Freedom Honor Roll,” includes 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 given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our liberty and freedom. The common thread among them is residency in the Great Falls community. The stand which houses the honor roll book was created by Glenn Sjoblom a resident of the Great Falls community.

For more information about the ceremony, call the Dranesville office at 703-356-0551, TTY 703-356-5320.


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