Manassas, VA, 05/04/2017 – Tyler Fraser, CEO of Always Memorial, has announced the delivery and completion of a bronze battle cross for the Bluemont, VA veterans organization: Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.

“This project was an honor to work on. The work and progress of Ken and Julia Falke is an inspriation to us at Always Memorial. This piece will stand for generations and we are so happy to be a part of this memorial.” said Tyler.

The bronze 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 scanning was used to get an accurate CAD file of the physical battle cross. Carson's memorial was completed in 2015 in San Diego and this battle cross was modified with a swimming face mask and fins. This modification memorializes US Navy EOD, UDT and SEAL personally killed in action and training since World War II.

Boulder Crest Retreat is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families. Opened in September 2013, the Retreat serves approximately 700 guests annually.

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. In addition, we wanted to establish a memorial for those who have taken their own lives due to the invisible injuries of war that follow so many home. 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 steel jewelry pendants to Boulder Crest Retreat, which were handed out as gifts for the ceremony. The ceremony took place in April and was attended by hundreds of supporters and contributors of the retreat. In addition a Medal of Honor recipient spoke about the battle and service.

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 has just begun another battle cross for the US Air Force, to be errected later this year at Eglin Air Force Base in FT Walton Beach, Florida. This bronze memorial will be Sean Carson's battle cross and will be a memorial to the Joint Service EOD community.

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. Founded in 2016 Always Memorial has offices in Virginia and California and is passionate about funeral services.

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