Category Archives: Volunteer Stories

Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples and Troy Bystrom

Today is Veteran’s Day, 2017.  We applaud and salute our Veterans who have worn the uniform, both past and present. We respect you, and have immense gratitude for your service, and our freedom.  

Instead of just saying, “thank you for your service,” thousands of private citizens who have not worn the uniform, express their appreciation in their own ways throughout the year.  Robert Waples is one of those Americans. Not only is he involved in volunteering with several veteran events and organizations, he is easy to spot in the crowd because he usually has his grandson, Troy Bystrom, with him.  Robert includes Troy so his grandson will also have the opportunity to show respect to our veterans.  Recently, we were able to catch up with Robert.    Continue reading Robert Waples answers the call

Venita Collier and Elks Lodge #1777

 

Volunteer Venita Collier

Meet volunteer Venita Collier.  She is a (VAVS) Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services representative for the Colorado State Elks Association, and has been for the last three years.  Venita’s Elks Lodge is #1777 in Lakewood, CO.  She is very proud of her participation with this organization, and what it does for the community.  Venita Collier:  “There is no greater reward than to serve those who gave so much in serving our country.  It is a blessing to be able to give them joy and the joy I receive words cannot express.” Continue reading Venita Collier and Elks Lodge #1777

Cliff Fejfar Retires From RMHF

Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar

One of the many joys of participating with Star Spangled Boomerang has been and continues to be the incredible people whom we have met.  Many Veterans who have served continue to lead by holding the torch for their fellow Veterans and their country.  Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar is a shining example of this way of life.

Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar

Recently, Cliff Fejfar retired from his volunteer position as Vice-President with Rocky Mountain Honor Flight.  His great energy and passion will be missed. rockymountainhonorflight.org/ Continue reading Cliff Fejfar Retires From RMHF

West Metro Veterans Fair 2016

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Mary Ann Valeska welcoming WWII Navy Veteran Robert Eccles to the West Metro Veterans Fair

The West  Metro Veterans Fair gathered 40+ exhibitors for their 2016 Fair held at the Elks Lakewood Lodge #1777.  Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul gave opening remarks.  City Councilman Pete Roybal presented Vietnam War Veterans with a 50th Anniversary lapel pin.   Nurses were available to administer FREE Flu shots, along with blood pressure and glucose readings.  It was a beautiful day where a FREE lunch was provided by the Lakewood Elks Club and the Friends of Valor Point outside on the patio. Continue reading West Metro Veterans Fair 2016

Gloria’s Hope Cancer Fundraiser

GLORIA’S HOPE CANCER FUNDRAISER is Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Gloria & Family, Tabby, Landon, Lawson, Aubrey and Wesley

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO, come support Veteran Gloria Clough who is battling cancer for the third time.  Gloria’s Hope is a fundraiser to aid this remarkable woman with her mounting cancer medical bills.

Musical guests include headliner band: The Tah Tahs, plus:   Broken Timeline, Trouble Bound, Pyrokittens, and Orphan Sun. Continue reading Gloria’s Hope Cancer Fundraiser

Team RWB & Jill Orr

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Jill Orr, Team RWB’s Denver Veteran Outreach Leader

Team Red, White & Blue is a fast growing organization of veterans and civilians alike.  Team RWB’s mission:  “To enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.”  It is easy to identify members at an event.  They proudly display Old Glory and wear Team RWB shirts.  Civilian volunteer Jill Orr is the Veteran Outreach Leader in the Denver Chapter. www.teamrwb.org Continue reading Team RWB & Jill Orr

Final Roll Call at Ft. Logan

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Final Roll Call for Thirty Veterans

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, thirty unclaimed veterans received a dignified burial at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.  The final roll call included ringing a bell after each name was read out loud.  These veterans were finally honored, remembered, and laid to rest due to the efforts of many.  This project has been a top priority for the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1071.  Without their dedication and tenacity, these unclaimed veterans would not have a name. Continue reading Final Roll Call at Ft. Logan

Re-Dedication of a Lakewood Memorial

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Re-Dedication of WWII Memorial, Lakewood High School, 9700 W. 8th Ave., Lakewood CO

“LEST WE FORGET, THOSE OF LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR II:     Rags  (Radcliffe) Addenbrooke, Ray Junior Brannaman, John B. Bray, Dale Broman, D. Eugene Cline, John A. Dorak, Herman William Gerke, James B. Jellison Jr., Danny E. Johnson, Kenneth Mayberry, Robert M. Molholm, James D. Smith.”

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WWII Memorial & RMHF

Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Ambassador F. Haydn Williams presents a wreath at the WWII Memorial on Memorial Day 2007.  The WWII Memorial was formally dedicated in 2004.  (Photo from Friends of the WWII Memorial website)

Do you know who is considered the Father of the World War II Memorial?  On a recent trip to this National Memorial, RMHF answered the question.  www.rockymountainhonorflight.org Continue reading WWII Memorial & RMHF

CO FreedomRide & Volunteer Gloria Clough

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Gloria Clough & Family, Eyrik Allen, Lawson Clough, Wesley Allen

Did you know the Annual National Colorado FreedomRide just finished its 7th year?  It took place in Colorado on May 21, 2016.  The State Coordinator for our Colorado chapter is volunteer, Gloria Clough.  Although Gloria has been occupied, along with all her volunteers who organize this event, she found time to share some thoughts.  Her passion to honor the men and woman who answered the call for their country is truly inspiring.  www.cofreedomride.com

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