Places for Stillness and Remembering
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up. Certainly, the 2020 holiday considered by most to be the official kick-off to summer will be memorable. The near-and-dear ceremonies honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the country, have been canceled. Colorado’s Safer-at-Home order is asking people to stay closer to home, to limit their movement in continued support of lessening the spread of the Coronavirus. In the request to be a bit more still these days, Leadville Today brings you its Memorial Bench post. These quiet memorials scattered all across Lake County pay tribute to those no longer here, and also offer a different way to honor the sacrifices everyone is being asked. It’s not such a bad way to get benched in Leadville Today. What’s your favorite one? Or better yet, send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or share on LT’s social platforms.
Pull Up A Seat, Good Friend!
In most small towns spending time on a park bench – or in front of the courthouse – is just a part of good living. Watching the world go by is just another form of mountain meditation.
Once summer arrives and the weather warms up, you’ll see more people enjoying them. They’ll be taking in the views of those majestic mountains or this beautiful Victorian mining town. Or perhaps, the 10,200 feet in elevation is taking their breath away, and they simply need a place to sit and take a load off. But many visitors – and locals – may be unaware of the loving significance of the Memorial Benches that scattered this high country community.
When most Americans think about commemorating the true meaning of Memorial Day, it’s the services and parades honoring military troops that come to mind. But this year with the Coronavirus pandemic impacting all events and travel, Leadville Today shares some unique and little known Memorial Benches scattered around Lake County. Take a moment away find your favorite and sit down and have a good remembering your favorite old friend.
But Leadville and Lake County, also has its share of Memorial Benches scattered throughout the community, in both public and private locations. Many people choose to buy a Memorial Bench to honor the memory of a lost relative, friend, or fallen soldier.
These benches are beautiful resting places, providing sanctuary to people mourning or celebrating the memory of friends, family, and loved ones. Whether intended to complement community parks or walkways or to honor a loved one’s enthusiasm for the great outdoors, these seats offer a contemplative environment, reflecting on a memory or a beautiful mountain view.
Representing an excellent alternative to more traditional memorials or monuments, Memorial Benches preserve the story of loved ones and have becomes an increasingly popular way to remember and pay tribute to loved ones. Leadville has more than its share of these monuments. And there seems to be no rhyme or reason, no official Memorial Bench program, which makes them all the more special.
Here are some local favorites. And please join the conversation over on the Leadville Today Facebook page where you can share your favorite of these Memorial Benches or others that may not be included here.
Mass To Be Held This Memorial Weekend
Last Sunday, May 17 was the first in many weeks that the Leadville Catholic community was able to gather for services. The congregation will gather again this weekend, with an added Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25. Holy Family Parish celebrated Mass at St. Joseph’s Church last weekend for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic shut down the two historic churches in March 2020.
The congregation did a good job with the social distancing guidelines and with masks in place, each family stood by (or remained inside) their cars as Father Rafael Rico-Torres and Deacon Tony Werckman officiated the Sunday morning service. The Knights of Columbus assisted with the collections moving from car to car in the parking lot at W. 2nd and James Streets.
The parish resumes services again this weekend as follows. If you’re out and about, stop by and get inspired but please be respectful. All services will include a collection and be held in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Church at W. 2nd and James Streets in Leadville.
- Saturday, May 23 – 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 24 – 8:45 a.m. (English) 12 Noon (Spanish).
- Annual Memorial Day Mass, Monday, May 25 – 10 a.m.
Memorial Day Services Cancelled
Residents and visitors are reminded that both of Lake County’s traditional Memorial Day services have been canceled for the upcoming weekend. While the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation will lay some wreaths in a private ceremony at the memorial located atop Tennessee Pass along Highway 24, the annual service and public gathering has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The same holds true for the Lake County Veterans Memorial service which has grown to be a wonderful way for the Leadville community to begin their long-awaited summer season. It too has been canceled.
But think of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the first responders and others who continue to make the sacrifice on the frontlines of today’s battleground: COVID-19. Until folks can gather together again, LT brings you some memories from past years’ ceremonies.
The Gold Star – Memorial Day 2019
Tenth Mountain Division Memorial Day 2016