Freedom Remembered

Submission Deadline May 10, 2014

A Utah monument dedicated to educating youth on the cost of freedom.

The Utah Freedom Memorial will be completed and unveiled on May 16, 2014. The memorial will be erected adjacent to the Utah Healing Field 9-11 Flag Display grass and directly to the north of the “Hope Rising” sculpture (3 firemen at ground zero). This is the site of the first Healing Field 9-11 Flag Display erected in 2002 on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9-11. The grass promenade directly to the south of Sandy City Hall has also become a key location to honor our state’s fallen warriors each year. In 2011 over 150,000 people from throughout the state and region visited the Healing Field and the newly dedicated “Hope Rising” Firemen Sculpture, making it among the most visited military memorial sites in the state.

The memorial will honor five Utah student essays every year. The five winning essays will be transferred to anodized aluminum and attached to monument for a year. Special information for Educators: One of the roles of history classes is to provide glimpses into American history. These glimpses can be gained through simulated experiences that bring American history to life. For your history curriculum enhancement, the educational component of the Utah Freedom Memorial is a four year series of simulations where the students are on a quest to become True Americans. Money will be raised to cover the costs of students attending and for the teacher materials to do presentations before and after the visit to the memorial. More information will soon be coming on the simulations, which are to begin in fall 2014.

The Utah Freedom Memorial educational committee now calls upon all Utah students to submit essays to be recognized on the monument for one-year at a time. While five will be chosen to become part of the physical monument, all essays will be displayed at the UtahFreedomMemorial.org website during the next year and a physical copy of each essay will be placed in a binder at or near the monument for visitors to read. Each year an essay contest will be held and old essays will be replaced with new.

Rules for essay submission:

Theme: The Cost of Freedom. Essays should include why freedom is important and worth defending. Use of personal examples of Utah soldiers and/or supporters is recommended.
Eligible submitters: All Utah students between the ages of 5 and 19
Essay length: Maximum of 250 words. No pictures please.
Essay format: Easy online submission with the student’s name (we will use first name initial only), age and school. The title of your essay is The Cost of Freedom.
Submission: All essays are to be submitted at www.UtahFreedomMemorial.org no later than May 10, 2014

Prizes and Recognition

1st place (five winners): $100, Winners invited to sit on speaker’s stand at May 16 dedication ceremony with essay read, displayed on memorial for the next year, recognition on UtahFreedomMemorial.org web site and in a binder at or near the monument site.
2nd place (five winners): $50, essay displayed at May 16 dedication ceremony, recognition on UtahFreedomMemorial.org web site and in a binder at or near the monument site.
3rd place (five winners): $25, essay displayed at May 16 dedication ceremony, recognition on UtahFreedomMemorial.org web site and in a binder at or near the monument site.
Consolation: (all other submissions): Recognition on UtahFreedomMemorial.org web site and in a binder at or near the monument site.

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