BLOOMFIELD — The lawn outside Bloomfield City Hall was decorated with flags surrounding two large stones covered with red, white and blue banners Friday morning.

During a ceremony that started at 10 a.m. Friday, the banners were removed, unveiling the new Bill of Rights monument.

The new monument, paid for by the Four Corners Historical Monument Project, joins the controversial Ten Commandments monument and the Declaration of Independence monument.

"It's quite a beautiful front lawn here," Kevin Mauzy, the founder of the project, said during the opening of the ceremony.

Mauzy took time to recognize the veterans and people currently serving in the military.

Girl Scouts from Troop 10068 salute on Friday as colors are presented on the Bloomfield City Hall lawn.
Girl Scouts from Troop 10068 salute on Friday as colors are presented on the Bloomfield City Hall lawn. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

"Today we pause again at the current debt we owe to the untold number of American veterans," he said.

He said he had a simple message for them — "thank you."

"Thank you for your unwavering service in peacetime and in war here in this nation and throughout the world," he said.

He continued to speak about the importance of the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.

"The Continental Congress was not only composed of great men, but it represented a great people," he said.

Mauzy was joined by special guest speaker George Washington — portrayed by Keith Bishop — who spoke about the amendments to the U.S. Constitution that make up the Bill of Rights.

"It gives me great pleasure that after 200 years, you still remember what your forefathers did for you," he said. "And what they did for you was they committed treason (so you) could have rights and freedoms."

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.