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Memorial Day Events

As published in the Castle Pines Connection, story by Elizabeth Wood West

Memorial Day, originally referred to as “Decoration Day,” is observed every year on the last Monday of May.  This federal holiday was established after the American Civil War in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois.  It was designated as a time for the nation to honor the men and women who served in the military by decorating their graves with flowers.  Today, many people follow this Memorial Day tradition by honoring both veterans and family members.

Below is a list of several Memorial Day ceremonies that are open to the public:

  • Ft. Logan National Cemetery – ceremony at 11 a.m.
  • Castle Rock Ceremony – Cedar Hill Cemetery at 10 a.m.
  • Sedalia Ceremony – St. Philip in the Field at 11 a.m.
  • Parker Ceremony – “Memorial Day Veterans Service of Remembrance,” held at Parker Cemetery at 10 a.m.
  • Highlands Ranch – No official ceremony: the Highlands Ranch American Legion will place flags at the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument to honor fallen veterans.

For more information, contact David Maxwell, manager of Douglas County Office of Veterans Affairs at (303) 663-6257 or email dmaxwell@douglas.co.us

 

Recent news

Douglas County veterans honor area businessmen

Photographer, restaurant and automotive shop owners recognized for support

The Douglas County Veteran’s Monument Foundation honored three area businessmen June 2 with awards for their contributions to the group.

Jeff Drabing, co-owner of Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company in Castle Rock, accepted the award for his business.

“You’re always there for us, so we wanted to make sure that we recognize you,” foundation chairman Todd DeVoe said, adding that Rockyard donates beer to several of the foundation’s events.

Also at the meeting, held in the conference room of the Douglas County Veteran’s Affairs office in Castle Rock, the first-ever Ambassador Award was given to John Manka of 1 Stop Auto in Castle Rock.

“John has been involved with us since the beginning,” DeVoe said, pointing out that the Ambassador Award was established because of Manka. “John is a pillar of the community and we would certainly not be where we’re at today without John. Everywhere he goes, he brings a network together. He brings opportunity together. And he does it without batting an eye.”

When accepting his plaque, Manka said what he does is not hard work, because the men and women who have served through the United States Armed Forces have already done the hard work.

“I did not serve,” Manka told the group. “And I do appreciate the fact that you all served and continue to support those who have served.”

Castle Rock photographer Nick Lucey was also given with the Ambassador Award for his constant support of the foundation.

“We wanted to thank Nick because his exquisite pictures (of the monument) that we’re allowed to use really add to what we have,” DeVoe said. “It adds to our credibility and our professionalism.”

Lucey, a former Marine, said he can’t help but photograph the monument in downtown Castle Rock when he walks past it.

“I love the monument,” he said. “I’ve been gravitated toward it since I got here.”

Helping our neighbors

Grants

Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation is pleased to announce that over $2,500 in grants were awarded in 2015.

With over 20,000 veterans in Douglas  County, our vision is to become a valuable resource to our very own hometown heroes; our veterans.  We’ve established a Veterans Assistance Grant program, for all eligible veterans to help those in need.  While the government and other non-profits provide numerous resources, our once per lifetime Veterans Assistance Grants are awarded up to $1,000 and are designed to help where there may be a gap or where the other programs may be falling short.

If you are a Douglas County Veteran, and could use additional resources and think we may be able to help, please contact us either through our website: www.dcvmf.org or, by emailing us at info@dcvmf.org.  From our website, you can also download and submit an application for a Veterans Assistance Grant up to $1,000, which are awarded for similar, but not limited to, the following areas.

  • Areas of hardship
  • Quality life
  • Transportation Assistance
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