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Boy Scout Troop 780 Spruces Up the DC Veterans Monument

Posted on: April 29th, 2017 by admin No Comments

Big thanks to Castle Rock Boy Scout Troop 780. On Sunday, April 23rd, the troop pitched in to clean and wax the Douglas County Veterans Monument. You may find Veterans Plaza on the corner of Fourth St. and Wilcox. These young men earned community service credit for this work. They also learned the value of honoring our service members.

Douglas County veterans honor area businessmen

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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.”

DCVMF’s Connection to the Castle Rock Writers by Mark Cohen

Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by admin No Comments

The Chronicles of Douglas County

Veteran’s Chapter and the Future

In mid-2014, The History Press published the Castle Rock Writers’ book, The Chronicles of Douglas County.  The eight writers of the fourteen chapters attempted to show the importance of Douglas County, Colorado and its citizens, to our nation’s history – from the dinosaurs to the area’s bright future.  I wrote two chapters in the book, Chapter 10, World War II:  Douglas County Serves the Country, and Chapter 14, Looking into the Twenty-First Century.  Of those I interviewed for the book, one was Lou Zoghby.  His memorable tales of World War II, like many who served, poured out of him like fine wine.  Each story better than the last, Lou didn’t repeat any, and demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the war from technical details to tactics.  Unbeknownst to me at the time, I found out later that Lou helped to found the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation (DCVMF)!

During photo selections for the book, someone suggested that we include a picture of the DCVMF’s Freedom Keeper’s sculpture, located in Monument Plaza, in Castle Rock, located at the corner of Wilcox and Fourth Street.  I didn’t realize until now that the statue was dedicated on August 3, 2013, around the same time we embarked on our writing project!

The Chronicles of Douglas County is available for purchase by clicking here.

The Castle Rock Writers’ web site is at http://castlerockwriters.com/.

On November 9, 2015 Lou was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

The DCVMF is proud to announce a special exhibit for Douglas County Veterans by the Castle Rock History Museum!

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by admin No Comments

The DCVMF is proud to announce a special exhibit for Douglas County Veterans by the Castle Rock History Museum!

Artifact of the Month

In honor of our veterans, past and present, the Castle Rock History Museum has put together a special small exhibit for Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The exhibit includes a recent donation to the Museum of brief bios and pictures of Castle Rock and area servicemen and women from World War II.

This book, entitled “Service Record Book of Men and Women of Castle Rock, Colorado and Community,” was sponsored by V.F.W. Post 4664 with an assist by the Castle Rock and Community Business Men.  It includes a picture and brief service record of those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.  It is believed to have been published shortly after the war ended.  It was recently donated to the Museum by Catherine P. Adkisson of Littleton, Co.

This book will be on exhibit at the Museum for the month of November in honor of our many area veterans.

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The Museum will be open on Veterans Day from 12 PM to 5 PM and is located just two blocks west of the Douglas County Veterans “Freedoms Keeper” Monument located on 4th. Street, and on the right at 420 Elbert St. The normal hours are Wed – Fri 12-5, and Sat 11-4. The Museum can be reached at 303 814-3164, or via email:  museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org.  They are on Facebook at Castle Rock Historical Society.

 

DCVMF Welcomes Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, CO

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by admin No Comments

The major function of Rolling Thunder is to publicize POW-MIA issues; To educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars and to help to protect future Prisoners of War-Missing In Action. They are also committed to helping American Veterans from all wars. Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a non-profit organization and everyone donates his or her time because they believe in the POW-MIA issues that they are working on. They are not a motorcycle club all are welcome to join and or participate.

On Saturday, September 12th DCVMF welcomed Rolling Thunder as they stopped by the Plaza on their 100 mile – Three Stop Memorial ride to remember Colorado’s POW/MIA’s. For more information on Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, CO please click here.