The near life-size replica of the USS Colorado is completed at Riverdale Regional Park with a grand opening, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and an F-16 flyover by the 120th wing from Buckley Space Force …
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The near life-size replica of the USS Colorado at Riverdale Regional Park opened May 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an F-16 flyover by the 120th wing from Buckley Space Force base.
County Commission Chair Steve O'Dorisio said the new memorial will honor the men and women that served to protect our nation, according to the news release. It's a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices those who serve made in the past and continue to make.
"It ignites a flame of valor and patriotism in the hearts of future generations. And it will be a beacon of hope, reminding us of our responsibility to uphold the principles and freedoms upon which this great nation was built," O'Dorisio said. "And by incorporating public art elements into the project, we can enrich the experience and pride of our constituents who use these amenities."
Adams County Commissioners, Congresswoman Yadira Caraveo, U.S. Navy Veteran Ken Jone– who served on the USS Colorado during World War II – joined active-duty personnel, family and friends of veterans and community members for the ceremony.
The USS Colorado was built with marble monuments for each military branch. The entrance to the memorial features plaques of presidential quotes sandblasted into its structure and a story wall built from Adams County residents' contributions and recollections about a soldier's life. A concrete map in the entryway lists directions to all veteran's memorials within Adams County.
"The veterans memorial stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of our community, a labor of love that has brought us together," said County Commissioner Charles "Chaz" Tedesco. "From the initial stages of fundraising to the meticulous planning and construction, our journey has been one of collaboration and dedication. The completion of this memorial is a testament to the resilience and unwavering support of our community."
The USS Colorado sits on the pond at Riverdale Regional Park at 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton.
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