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SpringFlowersVeterans Memorial Inscription Deadline: March 31

It might seem a little out of the ordinary to be talking about Memorial Day in the middle of March, but there’s good reason for it. March 31 is the deadline to submit an application for engraving on the memorial in order to be complete by the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Services.

Vets Memorial Chlouber

Former Colorado Senator, veteran and Leadville resident Ken Chlouber approaches the Veterans Memorial wall to pay honor during Memorial Day services. Anyone can have a military loved one honored on the Lake County Veterans Memorial granite plaque, but hurry, the deadline is March 31, 2017. Photo: Leadville Today.

This is an opportunity to honor those who served with a name engraving on the Lake County Veterans Memorial granite plaque. 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 order to have the plaque readied by Memorial Day 2017, applications and fees ($75 per name) must be received by March 31, 2017. Please consider an engraving or a simple, straight-up donation by contacting Brad Palmer at 719-207-1380 or mailing a check to Lake County Veteran Memorial, PO Box 952, Leadville, CO 80461. To download an application: CLICK.

2017 Services at Lake County Veterans Memorial

The 2017 Lake County Memorial Day Services will be held again on Sunday, May 28, rather than the traditional Memorial Day Monday to accommodate those traveling to the event and to encourage more people to attend. So mark the calendars for May 28 for the annual event held at the Lake County Veterans Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville at 1 p.m.

Alex J. Longo (right) is a veteran and a musician. He’ll be the Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Services this May 28, 2017.

This year veteran and musician Alex J. Longo will be the Keynote Speaker at the Memorial Service. In addition, Longo will perform the song “White Stones” from his recently released his debut solo album entitled “Hope” this past December. 

Leadville Today readers may remember his heartfelt story about how he came to Leadville (LINK).  Since then, Longo has returned to perform live at The Scarlet and will be back on Memorial Day Weekend with local performances. Readers  may find a link to his music HERE. The following is a more detailed biography from this year’s featured Keynote Speaker.

Captain Alex J. Longo is from Houston, Texas and enlisted in the United States Army in 2003 at the age of 24. He served in a tactical intelligence unit based in Germany and in 2005 deployed for a year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving in Baghdad and Kirkuk, Iraq.

Upon returning, Longo finished his service obligation and left active duty in 2007. Itching to serve again, in 2008 Alex joined the Reserves and was later commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence. Since then he has served in a number of Reserve units including Mission Command Training, Civil Affairs, Sustainment, and Military Intelligence units.

In 2012, Longo deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was promoted to Captain and redeployed in 2013. In 2016, he was offered an active duty position in the Active Guard and Reserve and reported to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas serving as an Intelligence Officer with Detachment 5, 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group where he is currently stationed.

Leadville Teacher Colin McFee and student Jude Hill perform “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes at last year’s Memorial Day service in Leadville. Photo: Leadville Today.

Longo is the recipient of the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Bronze Star Medal for Operation Enduring Freedom. Alex is a father of two: Liam Longo, 11 yrs old, and Maggie Longo, 5 yrs old, who reside in Houston, Texas. In his free time, Alex is an avid musician, drummer, guitar player and singer, who recently released his debut solo album entitled “Hope” last December.

The 6th Annual Fallen Heroes Run will take place before the service, starting in Summit County on Sunday morning. The motorcycles and riders will assemble at the Summit County Elks Lodge at 1321 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with the group departing to at 11:45, weather permitting.  The ride will travel along Fallen Heroes Highway, aka Highway 91 over Fremont Pass and into Leadville Evergreen Cemetery  A donation of $10 a bike will be accepted with all proceeds going to Lake County Veterans Memorial.

The 6th Annual Fallen Heroes Run will take place on Sunday, May 28. Photo: Leadville Today

 Memorial Day is a time to honor those who died for the freedoms Americans enjoy.  Come and show your gratitude for the sacrifices these heroes have made. The public is welcome and of course, so are the kids. There’s a lunch following the service at the Elks Lodge #236 at 123 W. 5th Street.

Stay tuned for upcoming notices regarding the Memorial Clean Up Day held prior to services. In the meantime, be sure to submit your application for engraving on the Memorial by the March 31 deadline.


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