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  • Almost three years in the making, Veterans Way Memorial dedicated

  • Despite the cool temperatures during the dedication of the Veterans Way Memorial, Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross said it was a beautiful day no matter what.

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  • Despite the cool temperatures during the dedication of the Veterans Way Memorial, Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross said it was a beautiful day no matter what.
    “This is a very special day,” he said at Tuesday’s dedication ceremony. “It is really nice to look out and see so many here. We are all blessed to be here to see another day.”
    More than 100 community members, city and school leaders and veterans attended the dedication ceremony of the memorial, which is at 2715 Park Hill Road. The ceremony was unique in that instead of speakers, every major war was honored and introduced through music such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag” for World War I and “America, the Beautiful” for the Korean War. In addition, The Circuit Riders from St. Peters United Methodist Church in Blue Springs sang a medley of Armed Forces music and Malena Marcase, a student at Blue Springs High School, sang the National Anthem.
    Other pieces of the ceremony included reflections on the Vietnam War and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. There was a laying of the wreaths in memory of Phillip Dean Mobley, killed in action in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm and Anthony M. Mazzarella, killed in action in 2005.
    The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served the United States. It sits at the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in fall 2010. The idea is to serve as a place for reflection for veterans, veterans’ families and the community, while also serving as a site to educate students about the historical significance of the wars that have been fought defending the United States.
    “One of the early concepts of the memorial was to serve as an educational site about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Eleanor Frasier, chair of the Veterans Way Memorial committee. “This dedication program aims to not only honor our veterans, but serve as a reminder of the great sacrifices we as a nation have made to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.”
    Surrounding the sculpture, entitled “Restless Recovery,” are granite benches and five bronze seals with the armed forces logos embedded into the concrete plaza. The three flag poles show the American, Missouri and the POW-MIA flags. Flown at half-staff during the ceremony in remembrance of those who have died serving the United States, the flags were donated by ATK Ammunition and originally flown over The Wall That Heals exhibit.
    “I want everyone to come back to this memorial,” Ross said. “This is a place to mediate and reflect as to what this means.”
    For more information on the Veterans Way memorial, visit the website at www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.

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