On Memorial Day 2000, Breakfast Club host, Rick Crandall, broadcasted live from the American cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. The premise was simple enough, do a four-hour show dedicated to the Colorado veterans who fought in WWII and honor those that died in service and were buried in that remarkable spot on the shores of the English Channel. Easy right? Well, during that broadcast Rick was troubled by the thought that many of the 88 who lay at rest in Normandy have never been visited by family from Colorado. And, if that were the case, what of the veterans buried in Manila, Rome, Mexico City and the other American militarty cemeteries around the world. Had they been forgotten as well?
After returning to the KEZW studios, Rick set out to try and discover just how many Colorado veterans are buried in those cemeteries far from home, and for that matter how many Colorado veterans had been killed in action. Listeners joined in the effort and soon a non-profit foundation was formed and the Colorado Freedom Memorial was born. Now, after 12 years of never losing faith, a lot of chicken lunches, endless research on Colorado's lost loved ones and asking over and over again for donations, the Colorado Freedom Memorial is being built. It's a testiment to the never-say-never attitude of KEZW's listeners and the Breakfast Club host!
On this page you'll be able to keep up with the progress of the Memorial's construction, find links to information and be able to make donations to the Colorado Freedom Memorials construction. Thank you for your support over the years and we look forward to sharing the dedication of this one of a kind memorial with you in 2013!
Donate directly to the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation
Here are a few ways you can donate directly to the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation:
Send your donation to:
Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 472333
Aurora, CO 80047-2333