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

VVA #1071 – Come Show Respect

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PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Bill Hilliard (303)278-9770, outreach.vva1071@comcast.net

Vietnam Veterans of America and Olinger Hampden and Eastlawn Cemeteries

to Inter Unclaimed Remains of 30 Veterans

June 25th at 10:30am at Fort Logan National Cemetery

(Lakewood, CO) – VVA #1071 will conduct a final roll call and interment of the unclaimed, cremated remains of 30 veterans at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd, Denver CO (303) 761-0117, at Columbarium No. 1 on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10:30am – rain or shine.  The public is invited.  There is limited seating, reserved for those unable to stand for the 30 to 40 minute ceremony.  Close-in parking is limited, but a circulating shuttle will pick up at shelters A, B and C as well as the visitor’s center. (Cemetery Map). Continue reading VVA #1071 – Come Show Respect

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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Rocky Mountain Honor Flight Takes Off

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Do you appreciate old-fashioned notions including honor and character?  Our WWII American veterans may not have realized their values and love of country would help shape the lives of future generations.  However, their contributions were crucial in overcoming injustice and tyranny.  Their efforts established our freedom and democracy.

Fortunately, some of these veterans who have been called, “the greatest generation ever,” are still with us.  Rocky Mountain Honor Flight continues to raise the finances to send these cherished Americans to Washington DC, to view the National WWII Memorial at no expense to the veterans.   www.rockymountainhonorflight.org. Continue reading Rocky Mountain Honor Flight Takes Off

Luis Montalvan & Dog Tuesday Visit CO

0415161746~3Former Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and his dog Tuesday visited Colorado for a special reading from his book, Tuesday Tucks Me In.  This book signing event was created for children 10 and under who have a veteran in their life.  The first fifty military families who attended were welcomed with a free book by author, Luis Montalvan. Continue reading Luis Montalvan & Dog Tuesday Visit CO

50th Vietnam War Anniversary

Colorado’s 50th Vietnam War Anniversary Ceremony:  WELCOME HOME!  Flags lined the way to the staging area for the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony.  It was held at Ft. Logan’s National Cemetery in Denver on March 29th.  Over two hundred people joined together to acknowledge and honor our military veterans for the 50th Vietnam War Anniversary.  It was a special day for our Vietnam Veterans who served.  The salutation, “Welcome home brother,” could be heard again and again as veterans greeted each other.  A Vietnam Veteran lapel pin was presented to each veteran to recognize, thank and honor their service during the Vietnam War period.  Continue reading 50th Vietnam War Anniversary

Veteran Advocate: Judy Atencio

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Veteran Advocate Judy A. Atencio

Judy Atencio has been an active veteran advocate for 20 years.  She works tirelessly caring for veterans.   Whether the issue is agent orange, the elderly, disabled or homeless, if a veteran is in need, Judy is attempting to solve the problem.  If you are attending a veteran meeting, fund-raiser or program in the West Metro area, chances are Judy helped coordinate and organize the event.  If you look around the room, she is probably present and taking notes.  She is everywhere!  Judy Atencio is the epitome of the philosophy:  “It’s not what you say… it’s what you do.”  She is amazing.  Unfortunately for the Denver Metro area, Judy and her husband Ed are retiring and moving to Montrose in August. Continue reading Veteran Advocate: Judy Atencio