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.
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.
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.
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.
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.