The Great Falls Freedom Memorial will be dedicated Nov. 13 on the grounds of the Great Falls Library, capping an 18-month effort to honor residents of that area who have died serving their country or community.
The 1 p.m. ceremony will be held at 9830 Georgetown Pike (Route 193). Elected officials, including members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Committee will dedicate the privately financed, $100,000 memorial.
The three-stone monument is on the library plaza. The large center stone is inscribed with the words, "The Community of Great Falls, Virginia Honors Those Who Have Given of Themselves in Service to the Cause of Liberty and Freedom."
The path leading to the memorial is called the Freedom Walk, ending at Freedom Plaza. The plaza is surrounded by a granite curb and berm. The six Great Falls residents who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be remembered with the planting of six ornamental trees as a gateway to the plaza.
A book inside the library contains the names and backgrounds of the service members, firefighters, police officers and others who have died for freedom and liberty "throughout our history."
The memorial was first proposed by the 17-member Freedom Memorial Committee, headed by retired Marine Col. Pete Hilgartner.
At the dedication, there will be music by the Amadeus Brass Ensemble and the King Ringers from Christ the King Lutheran Church, a presentation of national, state and county flags that will fly over the memorial, and the reading of names of those honored.