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Memorial Day 2024 gatherings to remember the fallen

Dignitaries who attended Parker’s Memorial Day Veterans Service of Remembrance last year included (from the left) Steve Trevino (Knights of Columbus Council #7880, Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services), Major General Trulan Eyre (U.S. Air Force- Retired), Parker Mayor Jeff Toborg, Nanci Trevino (Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services), Colonel George Brauchler (Colorado Army National Guard) and Sergeant Major John C. Mattie (U.S. Army – Retired).


Memorial Day Run & March 5K, 10K, 30K:

Civilians, veterans and uniformed military are invited to challenge themselves in a friendly competition and encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to homeless veterans.

Saturday, May 18, 6:30 a.m.

Douglas County High School, 2842 Front St., Castle Rock



Carry the Load Memorial May community event:

Memorial May is a collaboration between nonprofit Carry the Load and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration to honor and remember our fallen heroes. During the month, volunteers march to visit national cemeteries in 48 states, including a community event in Denver.

Wednesday, May 22, 3 p.m.

Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver



American Legion Post 1187’s Memorial Day ceremonies:

The American Legion’s Harry C. Miller Post 1187 in Castle Rock is holding two Memorial Day ceremonies:

Cedar Hill Cemetery, 880 E. Wolfensberger Rd, Castle Rock, at 9:30 a.m.

Bear Cañon Cemetery, 435 CO-105, Sedalia, at 11:00 a.m.



The Memorial Day Veterans Service of Remembrance:

For the 15th year, Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services is coordinating this service, which features a reading of the names of all the veterans who are buried in J.S. Parker Cemetery, a 21-gun salute, Taps, the folding of the flag and much more.

Monday, May 27, 10 a.m.

J.S. Parker Cemetery, 10375 S. Parker Road, Parker



Highlands Ranch Memorial Day Ceremony:

The Highlands Ranch Metro District is sponsoring a Memorial Day ceremony that includes presentations about the history and significance of Memorial Day, a color guard presentation from the American Legion Post 1260 and music by a bagpiper and a bugler.

Monday, May 27, 11:45 a.m.

Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument, 9292 S. Ridgeline Boulevard, Highlands Ranch



National Moment of Remembrance:

Every Memorial Day, Americans are encouraged to pause for one minute of silence or listening to “Taps.” This moment is a voluntary and informal observance to remember and honor those who have died as a result of military service to our nation.

Monday, May 27, 3 p.m. MDT



A Flower on Every Grave:

The Victory for Veterans is a national organization that sponsors “A Flower on Every Grave,” which aims to adorn every veteran’s resting place with a flower to show respect and honor those who have given so much. Donations also go toward preventing veteran suicide. Fort Logan Nation Cemetery is a final resting place for more than 120,000 veterans and you are welcome to visit on Memorial Day.

Monday, May 27

Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver



Last year’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Service of Remembrance in Parker. The colors were presented by the U.S. Army 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment from Fort Carson.


By Susan Helton; photos courtesy of Nanci Trevino



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