Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation

Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation in Aurora

As part of Memorial Day weekend in France, Rick Crandall, program director and Breakfast Club host on AM 1430, KEZW, in Aurora, Colorado, planned a four-hour live broadcast of his morning radio show from the Normandy American Cemetery. The broadcast, supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the American Battle Monuments Commission, was planned as a tribute to the WWII veterans of Colorado. During the planning of the broadcast Rick and his team learned there were 88 from Colorado buried at Normandy. This lead to questions, out of curiosity, about how many others must be buried in American military cemeteries around the world, and further, how many Colorado veterans had been lost in all of America's wars. During the broadcast the team at the Normandy-American cemetery brought several guests to be part of the show including a visitor from California who was seeing his brothers grave for the first time and a French woman who lives near the cemetery who remembered her father bringing wounded DDay veterans into their barn to bandage and hide from the Germans.

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