Honoring and Remembering Those Who Served
Clean-Up Prepares for Sunday SERVICE
A hearty group of Leadville citizens gathered at the Lake County Veterans Memorial last Saturday to clean up the area in preparation for this Sunday’s event (CLICK for Memorial Day service INFO).
In addition to a general sprucing up, the memorial got a landscape upgrade as some true muscle was put behind the beautiful river rock installation which was laid out behind the memorial wall among the trees and bushes.
Members from Lake County Public Works, The Leadville Lake County Fire Rescue Team, Lake County Sheriff’s office and several private citizens put in a long day of gardening, as the snow storms held off as workers completed the task.
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. Then Brad and Rachele Palmer 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.
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.
On Memorial Day 2012, 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 more than 70 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. In fact on Sunday, the new names engraved on the plaque be revealed.
For more information or ways that you can support the Lake County Veterans Memorial, call Brad and Rachele Palmer at 719-207-1380.