DENVER — Governor Polis and Speaker Garnett today held a dedication ceremony to kick off efforts to build and erect a memorial statue honoring Colorado’s 2-star General Maurice Rose. The Speaker signed HJR21-1012, a resolution he sponsored with Representative Patrick Neville, Senate President Leroy Garcia and Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, which established the process to build the statue honoring General Rose.
“We are proud to honor the life and memory of General Maurice Rose, a true hero who sacrificed so much for our country. General Rose is a towering figure in Colorado’s history of military service and we are commemorating his life, achievements, and sacrifice through a monument which will stand tall in Veterans Memorial Park,” said Governor Jared Polis.
“General Maurice Rose was one of the most decorated military commanders in our nation’s history, and I couldn’t be more proud to help memorialize a true Colorado hero at our state capitol,” said Speaker Alec Garnett, D-Denver. “After attending Denver East, General Rose went on to serve his nation and become the highest ranking and most distinguished Jewish American soldier in United States history. I’m proud that school groups and visitors to the capitol will tour the newly renamed Lincoln Veterans’ Memorial Park and learn about the life and legacy of General Rose.”
The project envisions a 10 ft bronze statue to honor Colorado’s 2-star General Maurice Rose, 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. 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.
Today’s signing of HJR21-1012 kicks off the effort to build, erect, and maintain the memorial of General Rose. Funding is anticipated to be a community-driven initiative via www.RoseMonument.org. Internationally acclaimed sculptor George Lundeen of Loveland is the commissioned artist, and the statue will require approximately six months to complete once funds are raised.