Always Memorial Produces Custom Bronze Battle Cross for Boulder Crest Retreat

Manassas, VA, 04/21/2017 – Tyler Fraser, CEO of Always Memorial, announces the completion and unveiling of a custom made bronze naval battle cross for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Virginia.

“We are honored to work with Ken and Julia Falke, at Boulder Crest Retreat. The Falke's work in helping thousands of veterans since 9/11 is amazing and it is a privilege and honor to produce this bronze memorial,” said Tyler.

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 highly accurate replica of Carson’s original battle cross. The cross was modified to include vintage fins and face mask, memorializing 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.

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.

Soon after this project was completed, Always Memorial has begun a new battle cross project with Eglin Air Force Base located in FT Walton Beach, Florida. This statue will be an accurate replica of Sean Carson’s battle cross for an outdoor memorial dedicated 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.

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For more information on this project or custom bronze sculptures by Always Memorial visit: or call Tyler Fraser at (703) 348-7184.