People stand below the newly erected Maj. Gen. Maurice Rose Monument in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park on April 16, 2023 in Denver.
A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new Major General Maurice Rose Monument erected in the Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park near the Colorado State Capitol. Rose is the most decorated battle tank commander in American history and the highest ranking Jewish soldier in World War II.
He grew up in Denver in a prominent Jewish family and dropped out of high school to join the military. Rose served with valor in both World Wars. He was killed in action while leading his men from the front in 1945. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was quoted as saying ÒHe was not only one of our bravest and best, but was a leader who inspired his men to speedy accomplishment of tasks that to a lesser man would have appeared impossible.
The monument, which was designed by sculptor George Lundeen and architect Seth Rosenman, in collaboration with Marshall Fogel and Paul Shamon, honors the Colorado hero that the entire nation can look to as a point of pride and inspiration. Rose was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and six others throughout his lifetime of service. The ceremony began with remarks at History Colorado.
Afterward, a military procession with WWII era jeeps, members of the Civil Air Patrol and Colorado Army National Guard led the dignitaries to the monument located at Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park. The ceremony featured bell tolls by the Daughters of the American Revolution, a flyover by the Mile High Warbirds, and a presentation of military honors including Taps, a rifle salute, and flag presentation.ÊMembers of the general’s family were in attendance as well.
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