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As Americans we all look forward to the promise of a three-day weekend at the end of May. We anticipate the fun, the picnics, and the BBQs we’ll attend. And one thing we know for sure; it marks the beginning of summer. But how often do we take the time during this weekend to reflect upon and honor the sacrifices our nation’s soldiers and veterans have made to protect our freedom? We challenge you to take some time this Memorial Weekend holiday to contemplate what our brave soldiers and veterans have done so we may enjoy the opportunities and freedom our great country has to offer.
First, what’s Memorial Day all about? Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honoring men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. So, how can you celebrate in remembrance?
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Our agency would like to pass on information on a variety of local events that will offer citizens the opportunity to honor our brave military men and women and to learn about military history.
Broomfield: The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum will host its annual community Memorial Day event along with the city and county of Broomfield and the Broomfield Lion’s Club. The event will take place from 11am to 1pm on Monday May 28th at Broomfield County Commons Park. Scheduled events will include displays from the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, local music, and food for sale from the Broomfield Lions Club.
Denver: The 19th Annual Veteran’s Memorial Tribute is scheduled for May 26th at 10am at the POF Hall. The Tribute is a formal, two hour ceremony which honors the service and sacrifices of fallen military heroes from the past to the present. The ceremony includes a wreath laying featuring veterans from past wars, and a Reading of the Names with the Navy Bell. Open to the public of all ages. Call 303-912-9980 . More information can be found at https://bit.ly/2IXPkAF.
Aurora: The Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora at Springhill Community Park near Buckley Air Force Base will host a variety of activities on May 26th  starting at 8:30am.  Join in to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Colorado Freedom Memorial’s dedication and honor many other significant 2018 anniversaries. The 120th anniversary of the first Colorado veteran killed in action; the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI; the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War; and the 15th anniversary of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, among others. Events will begin with a pancake breakfast and displays on the CFM grounds followed by the official Colorado Remembers Ceremony at 10am. Highlights of the ceremony include raising a Merchant Marine flag to join the other service flags, unveiling of the granite repository that will house the soil presented at last year’s ceremony and music from the Sound of the Rockies Men’s Chorus. At 11:30a activities move back to the CFM grounds with a mobile museum display from the Rocky Mountain Vietnam Helicopter Pilots, a performance by the Beverly Belles and military vehicle displays among other things More information can be found at https://bit.ly/2GKgDJm.
Commerce City: Commerce City hosts the state’s largest Memorial Day parade with more than 100 entries. The parade begins at 10am on May 28th at 64th Avenue and Newport Street. The parade route is 1.5 miles long and entries include military units, bands, floats, antique cars, and horses. Go to www.c3gov.com/parade for more information.
Fort Logan National Cemetery: For those that wish to honor the fallen soldiers that fought bravely to defend our freedom, go to Fort Logan National Cemetery where you can help place wreathes on each grave.