Memorial Benches: Remembering Loved Ones
Once summer arrives and the weather warms up, you’ll see more people enjoying them. They’ll be taking in the views of those majestic mountains or this beautiful Victorian mining town. Or perhaps, the 10,200 feet in elevation is taking their breath away, and they simply need a place to sit and take a load off. But many visitors – and locals – may be unaware of the loving significance of the Memorial Benches that scattered this high country community.
When most Americans think about commemorating the true meaning of Memorial Day, it’s the services and parades honoring military troops that come to mind. And Lake County will certainly mark the day in that way – to find out more CLICK HERE.
But Leadville and Lake County, also has its share of Memorial Benches scattered throughout the community, in both public and private locations. Many people choose to buy a Memorial Bench to honor the memory of a lost relative, friend, or fallen soldier.
These benches are beautiful resting places, providing sanctuary to people mourning or celebrating the memory of friends, family and loved ones. Whether intended to complement community parks or walkways or to honor a loved ones enthusiasm for the great outdoors, these seats offer a contemplative environment, reflecting on a memory or a beautiful mountain view.
Representing an excellent alternative to more traditional memorials or monuments, Memorial Benches preserve the story of loved ones and have becomes an increasingly popular way to remember and pay tribute to loved ones. Leadville has more than its share of these monuments. And there seems to be no rhyme or reason, no official Memorial Bench program, which makes them all the more special.
Here are some local favorites. And please join the conversation over on the Leadville Today Facebook page where you can share your favorite of these Memorial Benches or others that may not be included here.