CORRECTING and REPLACING Media Advisory: Governor Polis, Speaker Garnett to Dedicate Memorial Statue of Colorado General & State Hero Maurice Rose Rose Community Foundation

DENVER--()--WHEN: section of advisory dated July 14, 2021, should read Tuesday, July 20th, 10:00 AM (instead of Tuesday, July 20th, 11:00 AM).

The updated release reads: 


State and local Colorado media are invited to join Colorado officials at a dedication ceremony of Colorado General Maurice Rose’s memorial statue.

WHAT: A 10 ft bronze statue to honor Colorado’s 2-star General Maurice Rose, became a reality due to the support of Colorado Speaker of the House Alec Garnett, Senate President Leroy Garcia, Representative Patrick Neville, and Senator Jerry Sonnenberg. Additionally, the state legislature approved the project unanimously.

“The high command of the United States Army in World War II recognized General Rose as responsible for shortening World War II due to his strategic skills and unique military leadership abilities.”– Marshall Fogel, Author

Major General Rose is the highest-ranking US serviceman killed as a prisoner of war in WWII, and highest ranking and most distinguished Jewish-American soldier in US history. Maurice Rose passed away over 76 years ago, but with this monument his life of integrity and military accomplishment will continue to serve as an inspiration to future generations of Coloradans. The most decorated Armored Battlefield Commander in US military history, Major General Rose was awarded: The Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster, French Legion of Honor, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm.

HJR21-1012, the Resolution to approve the installation of the statue on Capitol grounds, kicks off the effort to build, erect, and maintain the memorial of General Rose. Funding is anticipated to be a community-driven initiative via

Internationally acclaimed sculptor George Lundeen of Loveland is the commissioned artist. The statue will require approximately six months to complete once funds are raised. The Rose Community Foundation website has provided a portal for the collection of tax-deductible contributions.

WHO: Ceremony attendees include Governor Polis, Speaker Alec Garnett, members of the Legislature, members of the press, supporters of the project, and community allies.

WHERE: West Steps, Capitol
200 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

WHEN: Tuesday, July 20th, 10:00 AM

For more information: Please contact Paul Shamon (303.757.0399, and visit the official website of the General Rose monument at


Paul Shamon (303.757.0399,


Paul Shamon (303.757.0399,