Elizabeth gains veterans memorial monument

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Board members of the Elizabeth Veterans Memorial plan a grand opening celebration Memorial Day weekend to unveil the memorial wall installed in the Elizabeth Cemetery.

The husband and wife teams of Bill Mansell, Diana Robins-Mansell and Lance and Norma Homer began planning the memorial wall in the fall of 2012 in hopes of meeting a 2013 deadline.

The memorial wall was installed in the northeast corner of the cemetery, visible to passers-by, with a series of flagpoles that will fly the American, Colorado and POW/MIA flags.

The wall is made of concrete covered in stucco, about 6 feet high and 36 feet long, with permanent plaques for the five branches of the military. Construction of the memorial wall came from donations of labor and material from building supply companies in Elizabeth, Parker and Castle Rock, Robins-Mansell said.

“This was a long time in the making,” she said. “This has been a real community effort.”

The board will celebrate its grand opening at 9 a.m. May 27 with the help of American Legion Post 82 and local Boy Scout Troop 636. The Boy Scouts will conduct a presentation on the proper care, folding and retirement of the American flag. The troop will accept American flags slated for retirement and conduct a retirement ceremony in keeping with protocol, Robins-Mansell said. The flag retirement ceremony will take place at a later date.

The memorial wall dedication will include a 21-gun salute, taps, a prayer from a Navy chaplain and a celebration the board hopes becomes an annual tradition.

“There are so many veterans buried in this cemetery,” Robins-Mansell said. “We have always tried to support veterans and veterans’ activities. The whole veteran community loves this.”

Personalized bricks to honor service members are available for purchase and permanent installation at the memorial wall. The bricks are $150 each and available to order online at http://evmf.webs.com. For more information call 720-300-4927 or email dlrobi72@gmail.com.

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