Highlands Ranch memorial shines bright on Veterans Day

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The Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument, which was dedicated in 2009, is located adjacent to Civic Green Park and the Highlands Ranch branch of the Douglas County Library.

The project was first considered in 2006 when a group of residents came together after learning of the death of Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Falkel, a Highlands Ranch resident who was killed in the line of duty, according to the memorial’s website.

The following year, the Highlands Ranch Metro District decided to provide $140,000 in advance funding for the monument. The funding would be repaid as dedication tiles were sold, according to the site. Ground was broken on the project in 2008 and it was completed in 2009. 

Dedication tiles can be purchased through the memorial’s website, hrvets.org.

Other benefactors listed on the memorial include Douglas County, the Highlands Ranch Historical Society, Colorado Community Media, Shea Homes, Old Blinking Light and Wind Crest.

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