10th Mtn Services Set for Memorial Day
Just half a mile from Ski Cooper, veterans, descendants and friends of the 10th Mountain Division will gather this Memorial Day, Monday May 29, to honor their fallen comrades of the 10th Mountain Division and the 99th Battalion who lost their lives in combat. The WWII ‘men of the mountain’ did their advanced ski training in 1940s at Ski Cooper, when it was known as Cooper Hill.
“This is the 58th annual Memorial Day Ceremony honoring those who served in the 10th Mountain Division and all other veterans of America’s wars,” said Trux Dole, Tenth Mountain Division Foundation President. “We will gather at Tennessee Pass to especially remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the 10th Mountain Division.”
Open to the public, this Colorado Memorial Day tradition is a meaningful and touching event that will remind participants of the sacrifice of our great heroes, and give them the opportunity to see and touch WWII artifacts and equipment provided by the 10th Mountain Living History Group. In addition, Soldiers from the 157th Colorado Army National Guard Battalion recently aligned under the 10th Mountain Division will participate in this year’s ceremony. Because of limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The Lake County High School Band will provide music and the Canyon City Junior ROTC Color Guard will post colors in honor of those that gave so much for the freedoms we enjoy today.
The WWII 10th Mountain Division was created in Colorado in 1943 and trained at Camp Hale, high in the Rockies, near Leadville. It was the only unit in the history of the United States Army to be organized specifically for mountain and winter warfare. The highly regarded 10th played a major role in the battles that brought about the surrender of the German Army in Italy in 1945. After the war, the Division was deactivated and many of the Veterans went on to create ski resorts across America, including, among others, Vail, Aspen, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Whiteface Mountain in New York State, Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak Ski areas in New Mexico, and numerous others. Veterans of the 10th were instrumental in making skiing a major American winter sport.
Reactivated in 1985 and based out of Fort Drum, New York, the 10th Mountain Division has proudly carried the moniker of “the most deployed division in our Army,” and is furthering the division’s legacy. Since 9-11, the Division Headquarters has deployed 11 times equaling almost 12 years and more than 40 brigade size deployments have occurred.