SANDY — A freedom memorial honoring the service of veterans from all branches of the military will be unveiled Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in Sandy.
The memorial is adjacent to the Utah Healing Field 9-11 Flag Display dawn and directly north of the “Hope Rising” firemen at ground zero sculpture, near Sandy City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway, about 100th South west of State Street.
Hill AFB is among those involved with the effort, said Tony Galvez. He is the father of Adam Galvez, who died in action in Iraq in 2006 and has been an inspiration for construction of the memorial.
Tony Galvez told The Clipper the memorial was built for three reasons:
• to celebrate freedom, and educate youth not associated with the military to experience a love for freedom, an awareness of their opportunities to preserve it, and a respect for those that defend it.
• Honor current and past Utah military members with emphasis on the current war on terrorism.
• Provide a way for students, particularly of junior and senior high age, and others to learn about Utah’s and Davis County’s fallen soldiers, make rubs of the commemorative bronze plaques, and share their thoughts and feelings about the memorial and the service personnel with others.
“We need to educate today’s youth on just what the cost of freedom is, what it means to be an American citizen, what it means just to be born here,” Tony Galvez said. “Why do people try so hard to come here, have their kids born here? We need to have people willing to protect those in harm’s way to protect those freedoms we often take for granted.”
Funds are still being accepted to pay for the memorial. Donations may be made by visiting utahfreedommemorial.org.