10th Mountain Division and 99th Battalion Honored
The 57th Annual Tenth Mountain Division Foundation Memorial Day Ceremony was held yesterday, May 30, at the Tennessee Pass War Memorial Monument on US-24 in Lake County. An immense turnout welcomed Colorado Senator Michael F. Bennet who spoke at the ceremony along with retired Lt. Gen. Lawson W. Magruder III, David J. Little, and Thomas E. Hames.
Music provided by the Lake County High School Band set a reflective tone for the colorful display of patriotism, as wreaths were brought forward and laid at the monument and profiles of the fallen recounted. Not only fallen 10th Mountain Division soldiers were remembered, but all United States service-men and -women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
They shall grow not old
as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning,
We shall remember them.
Good Crowds Honor Fallen Heroes in Leadville
Memorial Day Weekend’s true meaning did not go remiss in America’s highest City, as Leadville and Lake County residents and visitors saw two Memorial Day Services over the 3-day holiday weekend.
On Sunday, May 29 the Lake County Veterans Memorial was standing room only as patriotic crowds filled the bleachers and outer edges of Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery to honor America’s fallen heroes. This year’s ceremony included the Presentation of Colors by Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue, a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” by resident bagpiper and teacher Colin McFee and student bagpiper Jude Hill, and a closing “Taps” bugle by Lake County High School Music Director Jonathan Cole that hardly left a dry eye in the house.
Keynote speaker Rachele Palmer shared her story of becoming a Gold Star Mom when the news of her son Nicklas’ death arrived at the door one cold December night in 2006. The courage to share personal stories like these allow the importance of this day to continue Memorial Day traditions so important to American freedoms. It was nice to see more younger children in attendance to see and hear these ceremonies of honor.
The remainder of the program included a rousing patriotic speech by former State Senator Tom Wiens; the placing of the wreaths and rituals by the VFW 2 Mile High Post 859 and Leadville Elks Lodge #236; and inspirational prayer by Jake Farber.
The day’s events started with the Fallen Heroes Run, a motorcycle ride that travels along Fallen Heroes Highway (aka hwy 91) from Summit County to the Lake County Veteran Memorial. Fifty-five riders participated this year, many traveling from as far away as Albuquerque, N.M. and parts of Wyoming.