An essay about the dedication of the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument
July 1. I feel a wave of euphoria today as I personally mark July as the official beginning of summer. Memories of running through sprinklers, catching crawfish in the creek, long hours spent at the public pool, summer camp, 4th of July firework displays, hamburgers on the grill, slices of watermelon on the porch, shucking sweet corn from the garden ….the list goes on and on.
I was talking with my mom and she reminded me that our tradition for the 4th of July Holiday was to purchase or pick from the garden the first watermelons available for the season. Nowadays you can pretty much find watermelon year round thanks to modernized shipping and storage techniques, kinda takes the fun out of it as far as I’m concerned.
My husband is a Vietnam Veteran. For a Christmas gift I purchased him a stone to be placed at the Monument in his honor. Ironically, as I was spending lazy, memorable summer days enjoying the events I described in paragraph one, my future husband was across the waters guarding that very freedom that allows us these American traditions.
What a perfect way to celebrate the first day of our free and easy summer season than to honor those who guaranteed that freedom. A monument that honors the service and sacrifices of our nation’s Veterans; a monument that represents three years of dedication to a dream; a monument that represents the reverence of our community for the men and women who selflessly serve our nation.
Civic Green Pavillion
Walk through the tiles
Former Governor Owens, the keynote speaker, and Douglas County Sheriff Weaver.
Sculpture at the West end of the Monument
Our friend Tommy Klindt in charge of sound for the event.
Love the shirt
Front of program
Bob recognized in program
The Flag raising
And a moment of silence
The Highlands Ranch Choir closes the program
The Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument is such a beautiful addition to our community. And I’m proud that Bob’s name is displayed on it’s wall.