Desert Flags1As 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 25th at Broomfield County Commons Park. Scheduled events will include a presentation of the colors, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, and comments by the Broomfield Mayor.   There will also be a variety of military history exhibits and WWII era vehicles and gear to view, along with a WWII reenactor performance.
Denver: The 16th Annual Veteran’s Memorial Tribute is scheduled for May 23rd at 10am at the POF Hall and includes a formal 2-hour presentation with a wreath ceremony to honor fallen soldiers and a reading of the names of Colorado’s fallen veterans accompanied by a Navy Bell. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/events/1525301684404640/
Aurora: The Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora at Springhill Community Park near Buckley Air Force Base will host a variety of activities on May 23rd starting at 10:30am. There will be military reenactments, a memorial ceremony, and a free concert at 7pm performed by the Denver Brass, Sound of the Rockies men’s chorus, and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Drill Team. More information can be found at www.cfmf.net.
Commerce City: Commerce City hosts the state’s largest Memorial Day parade with more than 100 entries. The parade begins at 10am on May 25th 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.