MANASSAS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tyler Fraser, CEO of Always Memorial, announces the unveiling of a custom made bronze naval battle cross for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Virginia.
The unveiling event was attended by hundreds of supporters and veterans of the retreat. Medal of Honor Recipient Navy Seal Chief Petty officer Ed Byers gave a speech about commitment and service and Peggy Fox of WUSA-9 was the emcee for the ceremony.
The battle cross is a replica made of Petty Officer Sean Carson’s boots, gun, and helmet. Sean Carson was a US Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Sailor who was killed in action in 2012. 3D technology was used to produce a replica of Carson’s battle cross. The cross was modified to include vintage fins and face mask, memorializing US Navy EOD, UDT and SEALs killed in action and training since World War II.
“This project was very special to us because we are using 3D technology in a way with great meaning,” said Tyler.
Boulder Crest Retreat is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families. The retreat opened in 2013 and serves approximately 700 guests each year.
Ken Falke, Founder and Chairman, and his wife Julia Falke donated the bronze sculpture to Boulder Crest Retreat. He said, “As a retired US Navy EOD Master Chief Petty Officer, I personally know many of the names of those killed in action and training. Our work here at Boulder Crest Retreat is specifically about these invisible injuries and Julia and I are honored to be able to provide this gift.”
Always Memorial donated 250 jewelry pendants to Boulder Crest Retreat, which were handed out as gifts for the ceremony.
This memorial was erected just months after the most recent casualties in the war on terrorism, which included EOD Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, EOD Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton and SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Owens.
Always Memorial offers funeral products to families and organizations. The company recently launched the Always Bust, a bust used to accurately portray an individual as a bronze or 3D-printed memorial. The company is based in northern Virginia, where they play an active role in community and business events.
Learn more at https://alwaysmemorial.com/military/.