Latest News – March 27

Veterans Memorial Inscription Deadline This Saturday

It might seem a little out of the ordinary to be talking about Memorial Day in these last days of March, but there’s a reason. This Saturday, March 30 is the deadline to submit an application for engraving at the Lake County Veterans Memorial.

Similar to the KIA plague, the Memorial plaque will also list veterans names.

Similar to the Killed In Action plague, the Memorial plaque will be inscribed with veterans’ names.

This is an opportunity to honor those who served with a name engraving on the Lake County Veterans Memorial granite plaque. Families from Leadville, Lake County and across the United States can add the name of any veteran deceased or living to the south plaque.

In order to have the plaque readied by Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, applications and fees ($75 per name) must be received by this Saturday, March 30. Please consider an engraving or a simple, straight-up donation by contacting Brad Palmer at 719-207-1380 or mailing a check to Lake County Veteran Memorial, PO Box 952, Leadville, CO 80461.  To download an application: CLICK.

Lake County Veterans Memorial Background

In 2007, Leadvillite Doug Cecil in cooperation with other local Veterans had organized incredible efforts to upgrade the Lake County Veterans Memorial at the Evergreen Cemetery. The Palmers joined forces with their efforts, in memory of their son Nick, who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2006.

Up to that time, the granite carved tributes focused on Edgar McWethy, a Leadville solider who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam War and a memorial created by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, listing all previous Lake County Veterans who had died in the line of duty.

Lake County Veterans Memorial at the Evergreen Cemetary

Lake County Veterans Memorial at the Evergreen Cemetary

Since then, the local memorial has undergone a complete facelift. Today’s displays includes a stone wall the insignias from all branches of the armed forces as well as the POW and MIA factions. At the center of this tribute stands the traditional field cross: a statue comprised of a rifle, combat boots and helmet, symbolizing his sacrifice.

The newest addition to the Lake County Veterans Memorial was unveiled last Memorial Day: The Killed in Action Memorial.

The newest addition to the Lake County Veterans Memorial was unveiled last Memorial Day: The Killed in Action Memorial.

Last Memorial Day, the latest addition to the memorial was revealed. The Killed in Action granite plaques were added to the tribute. These new additions contain the etchings of the 60 names of Lake County Veterans who have died in action since World War II. At this stage, the two double-sided panels finally brought the memorial up-to-date and now also honors the most recent heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty.

And now, families from Leadville, Lake County and across the United States can add the name of any veteran deceased or living to the south plaque. MORE INFO.

Memorial Day Services 2013

Only two months away, this Memorial Day promises to be another, well, memorable one. Not only will the new names engraved on the plaque be revealed, but there is a full program planned.

The day will start with Second Annual Killed In Action Recognition Ride along Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway. Motorcyclists will ride from Silverthorne to Leadville, ending at the Lake County Veterans Memorial at Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery.  The entry fee is $10 a bike with proceeds benefiting the Memorial.

2012 Killed In Action Recognition Ride Video

Memorial Flyer

The Memorial Day service will commence on Monday, May 27 at 1 p.m. and include speeches from Colorado State Representative Millie Hamner, Major Phil Woodward – USMC (retired), and Ray Ross LtColUSAF (retired)  – Past State President Colorado Elks Association. After the ceremony, lunch will be served at The Elks Lodge.  

If you haven’t been to a moving Memorial Day Service in a while, please consider attending the services at the Lake County Veterans Memorial. It’s a day you’re likely to remember . . . for a while. 

Young 15-month-old Nicklas Palmer walks toward the Lake County Veterans Memorial during last year's services. Nick's Uncle and namesake Marine Lance Cpl. Nicklas J. Palmer was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 16, 2006 in Iraq. Photo: Kathy Bedell

Young 15-month-old Nicklas Palmer walks toward the Lake County Veterans Memorial during last year’s services. Nick’s Uncle and namesake Marine Lance Cpl. Nicklas J. Palmer was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 16, 2006 in Iraq. Photo: Kathy Bedell

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