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Local Memorial Day Services Well-Attended

Memorial Day Services were held at the Tenth Mountain Division Monument at Tennessee Pass and the Lake County Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, May 26. Both services were well attended, with a standing room only crowd.

Tommy Thompson with the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation addresses the crowd on Memorial Day gathered at Tennessee Pass. The new Tenth Mtn information Kiosk stand in the foreground. Photo: Leadville Today.

Tommy Thompson with the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation addresses the crowd on Memorial Day gathered at Tennessee Pass. The new Tenth Mtn information kiosk stands in the foreground as a new addition to the monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

It was commemoration #55 of “Remembering Our Fallen Comrades”  as Tommy Thompson with the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation directed the program as the Master of Ceremony. The keynote address was given by Lt. General Benjamin Freakley, a former Commanding General, 10th Mtn. Division. It was an all-round community event, including the Lake County High School Band playing some patriotic music under the direction of Jonathan Cole.

Director Jonathan Cole led the Lake County High School Band in the National Anthem at Memorial Day Services at the Tenth Mountain Division Monument. Photo: Leadville Today

Director Jon Cole led the Lake County High School Band in the National Anthem at Memorial Day services at the 10th Mountain Monument. Photo: Leadville Today

The ceremony also made note of the recent bill (HB-1089) signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in Leadville concerning the Tenth Mountain Division commemorative license plate (see story) . The ceremony was concluded with a 21-Round rifle salute and the retiring of colors. Visitors enjoyed a nice BBQ lunch at the Lodge at Ski Cooper afterward. It was a beautiful day for the service.

Rider from the 3rd Annual "Killed in Action Recognition Ride" pull into the Lake County Veterans Memorial. Photo: Leadville Today

Riders from the 3rd Annual “Killed in Action Recognition Ride” pull into the Lake County Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day May 26. Photo: Leadville Today

Just a couple hours later, a second ceremony in Lake County commemorating Fallen Heroes was taking place on Highway 91, and eventually at the Veteran Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery.

The 3rd Annual “Killed In Action Recognition Ride” along Fallen Heroes Memorial Highway (91) saw 26 riders this year. No doubt, the snow on Saturday and Sunday might have scared a few people away, however those that rode in honor of military killed in action were treated to an awesome bluebird Colorado day.

Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler John Christiansan (left) and Derek Olsen (right) lay a memorial wreath at a monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler John Christiansan (left) and Derek Olsen (right) lay a memorial wreath at a monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

Motorcyclists rode into the Lake County Veterans Memorial joining a good crowd of community members for the official ceremony, emceed by Leadville Mayor Jaime Stuever. The program included speeches USMC Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Buck, Leadville Judge Neil Reynolds, and Justin Van Natta, who served with Nick Palmer in Iraq.

The new names etched on the Veterans Memorial  were revealed and the Laying of the Wreaths by the Elks Lodge #236 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2 Mile High Post # 859, rounded out the service. There was a reception at the Elks Lodge after the ceremony.

Brad Palmer (left) and son Dustin (in Navy whites - right)  listen to a Memorial Day speech by John Christiansan during Monday's service. Nick Palmer's Fallen Soldier Battle Cross sits between his father and brother in the background of the monument. Photo: Leadville Today.

Brad Palmer (left) and son Dustin (in Navy whites – right) listen to a Memorial Day speech by John Christiansan during Monday’s service. Nick Palmer’s Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is pictured between his father and brother in the background. Photo: Leadville Today.

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