Glass Freedom Wall Honors Veterans and Their Families

The Freedom Wall in Jeffersontown, Ky., includes 15, 4- by 8-foot lites of glass.

This Veterans Day marks the first anniversary of the Freedom Memorial Wall’s opening in Jeffersontown, Ky., honoring the sacrifice and service of U.S. veterans. The project features 15, 4- by 8-foot glass lites depicting images and stories from each branch of the military. Radiance Glass Studio in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was chosen to help tell the stories of veterans and their families due to its experience with de-coating technology.

CEO Scott Erickson says the project required a material that wouldn’t fade and could withstand large temperature fluctuations. Radiance’s de-coating technology removes paint from backpainted glass in a controlled manner and etches behind it. Erickson says this process allows his team to create high-definition engraving compared to sandblasting, which creates a positive or negative. Each panel includes a quarter-inch lite of backpainted glass laminated with a quarter-inch lite of low-iron glass.

One of the most challenging parts of the installation was timing. As the fabrication was complete close to the deadline, the Radiance team hand-delivered the glass and Pace Contracting worked around the clock for two days with a team of around 30 to finish the installation on time for the Veterans Day 2018 opening.

Radiance Glass Studio uses a technology called de-coating to create images in glass.

Erickson says the reception to the project has been fantastic. His team has been asked to work on a similar project in Oklahoma in partnership with the local government and local American Legion branch.

“We’ve started a new relationship with the American legion and we hope to give them some of the proceeds for the projects we do like this moving forward,” he says. “They have a lot of great outreach programs. That’s an organization we look forward to working with to help them help others moving forward.”

Thanks to his team’s involvement in this project, Veterans Day has become an important day at Radiance.

“It’s a special day and it really helps me and my team to reflect on what the members of our military and their families do,” he says. “It’s become an important and special holiday for us and this helped us realize that even more.”

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