Keep on celebrating Veterans Day throughout the year By Patte Smith; photo courtesy of Douglas County Office of Veterans Affairs
The Glass Poppy Display at the Denver Botanic Gardens commemorates the 100th armistice anniversary of World War I and Veterans Day.Glass poppies, created by soldiers and veterans, will be displayed at Denver Botanic Gardens in
partnership with Denver’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I armistice and to honor the 1,290 Colorado military members who died during the war. The display of 100 poppies, each approximately five inches in diameter, will be on display October 20 through November 11 in the Boettcher Memorial Center at the Gardens’ York Street location and is included with general admission.
Active military members and veterans receive free admission to the Gardens’ York Street and Chatfield Farms locations on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11. Accompanying friends and family receive $2 off their admission.
The poppy is a symbol of remembrance for those who died in service during WWI. The flowers were created by Hot Shop Heroes, a collaborative program between the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, and the Warrior Transition Unit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the American Lake Veterans Administration.
Denver is home to the first U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, a nonprofit organization serving and supporting veterans and service members.