"All gave some... Some gave all."

On my birthday, a casual outing became a moving moment as we paused to acknowledge America's heroes.

The "Faces of Freedom" Veteran's Memorial was dedicated in 2008 in the small Central Coast community of Atascadero, California - population 28,000. The Memorial Foundation created the memorial to remember our veterans and honor those who serve today.

faces of freedom"The 'Faces of Freedom' sculpture is a tribute to the men and women who have served in the American military. The statue is a timeline that represents the selfless service of our military since the beginning of World War I to the present.

At the far right of the sculpture and 'on point' is a figure that represents the modern day Marine/soldier: leading, vigilant, committed. He is 'joined at the hip' to a Desert Storm soldier who in turn is lending aid to a stricken Vietnam hero. Beyond and behind these figures proudly waves the American flag. Emblazoned with the many faces of those men and women who have valiantly secured and protected our nation's freedoms. We are grateful that their commitment and sacrifice like the threads of our flag unites us all as Americans.

faces of freedomOn the side of the statue is the head of the bald eagle, part of the great seal of the United States. It not only signifies strength and power, but as a reminder of those who have given so much that we might live free."

For more views of this beautiful memorial, please see this video provided by the foundation.

Does your small town honor our veterans? How do you honor our service members - past and present?

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