Remembering Those Who Served and Sacrificed
Memorial Day Weekend is only a couple of weeks away. If your plans include attending a service in Lake County, here are a couple of very meaningful events to consider.
On Sunday, May 27 the annual Lake County Memorial Ceremony and Recognition Ride will take place, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The 2018 Lake County Memorial Day Services will be held again on Sunday, May 27, rather than the traditional Memorial Day Monday in order to accommodate those traveling to the event and to encourage more people to attend. The event will be held at the Veterans Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville at 1 p.m.
This year, the Memorial Day program will feature speeches by Lake County Commissioner Sarah Mudge, Dustin Palmer (US Navy and brother of Nick Palmer), and Captain Alex J. Longo who will ne inspring the day with his words an dmusic. This year’s keynote speaker will be Sergeant Major Henry Shaw.
Musical presentations will include “Amazing Grace” by Leadville Bagpiper Collin McFee and his Mount Massive Pipe Band students. Zach Coffin will once again close the ceremony out with a sorrowful rendition of “Taps.” Representatives from the Leadville Elks Lodge #236 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2 Mile High Post #859 will lay wreaths at the memorials.
As usual there are some last minute twists and turns that always add to this very personal ceremony. It’s a moving service, and certainly a good reminder of what the day is all about: remembering those who died in active military service. The public is welcome and of course, so are the kids. There’s a lunch following the service at the Elks Lodge at 123 W. 5th Street in Leadville.
Memorial Ride Along Fallen Heroes Highway
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.
While the engraving deadline is past for the 2018 ceremony, it’s never too late to plan ahead for next year or consider a 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.
Tenth Mountain Ceremony on Memorial Monday
Then on Memorial Monday, May 28, all eyes will be on the Tenth Mountain Division monument located atop Tennessee Pass, off Highway 24 West at Ski Cooper’s entrance.
According to Trux Dole, President of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, for the 59th consecutive year, the group will hold their Memorial Day ceremony ning promptly at 11 a.m. The Canon City High School JR ROTC will provide the color guard. Music will be presented by the Lake County High School band. Members of the 1-157 Colorado Army National Guard will also participate in the ceremony.
The keynote speaker this year will be LTC John Hancher, Infantry Battalion Commander of the 1-157 Colorado Army National Guard. The foundation’s tradition of profiles of the fallen with a brief reading for a member of the WWII 10th, the 99th and also today’s 10th will continue to be a part of the ceremony. As in the past, wreaths will be placed at the base of the monument representing the National Association, the Descendants Organization, the Foundation and the 99th Viking battalion, as well as wreaths representing each chapter that wishes to participate. The public is welcome, however due to limited seating, please bring a lawn chair.
Following the Memorial Day ceremony, a luncheon will be available at the Ski Cooper Lodge. The cost for the barbeque lunch is $12.50. It is not necessary to pre-order tickets. The menu will include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, bratwurst, and side dishes. Should you wish to bring your own lunch, you may do so.
If you are interested in helping lay wreaths, or in some other capacity, please contact Lynn Hutchinson at the Foundation email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers may also donate with checks made payable to Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, 133 South Van Gordon Street, Ste. 200, Lakewood, CO 80228.
It is important to honor fallen soldiers, so please consider making a special effort to attend either or both commemorations. They are both very meaningful events for those living in Leadville Today. #NeverForget2018.