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Relic from USS Arizona on display Thursday at Colorado Freedom Memorial

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Carlin Leslie and his daughters, Lacey and Riley, peer at a piece of the USS Arizona, which will now live here at Aurora’s Colorado Freedom Memorial. Aug. 29, 2023.

On Thursday, leading up to Veterans Day, a vestige of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be on display at the Colorado Freedom Memorial, in Aurora. The relic commemorates the sacrifice of Coloradans who died on USS Arizona. The battleship was destroyed when the Japanese bombed Hawaii in 1941. To this day, it is the final resting place for 32 sailors from our state. A beam from the battleship arrived in Colorado -- its new permanent home -- in August.

The beam will be on display November 9 after an opening ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. for the seventh annual, "Light Their Way Home" luminaria display at the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora. The display features more than 6,000 glass luminarias, one for each Colorado veteran killed in action since Colorado became a state in 1876.