Leadville News – March 10

Veterans 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 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Services.

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 2018, applications and fees ($75 per name) must be received by March 31, 2018. 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.

2018 Services at Lake County Veterans Memorial

The 2018 Lake County Memorial Day Services will be held again on Sunday, May 27, 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 27 for the annual event held at the Lake County Veterans Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville at 1 p.m.

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Alex J. Longo is a veteran and a musician. He’ll be returning to perform at the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Services this May 27, 2018. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

This year, veteran and musician Alex J. Longo will return for the Memorial Service. Last year, Longo performed the song “White Stones” from his debut solo album entitled “Hope,” released in December 2017. His performances are meaningful and memorable. Readers  may find a link to his music HERE.

This May’s Keynote Speakers are being firmed up, but once confirmed Leadville Today will let you know; it’s always such an inspiration and a very special time for the Lake County community to come together to honor those who served.

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Lake County Public Works Director Brad Palmer (right) address the crowds at the 2017 Memorial Day Service in Leadville. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

The 7th 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.

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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The 7th Annual Killed in Action Recognition Ride which ends at The Evergreen Cemetery for Memorial Day Services will take place in 2018 on Sunday, May 27. Photo: Leadville Today


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