Denver, November 5 – Veterans Day on November 11 is set aside to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In celebration of the men and women of Colorado that have served in the U.S. military, the editors of AAA Colorado’s EnCompass magazine suggest a visit to one of the state’s Veterans Monuments.

Colorado Veterans Monument

The Monument’s position between the State Capitol and the City and County of Denver Building is the centerpiece of veteran appreciation in Colorado. Constructed from red Colorado sandstone, the obelisk honors all military service members, past, present and future. The Monument’s inscription sums up its purpose: “Dedicated by the people of Colorado in gratitude and respect for the men and woman who have proudly served and sacrificed in our nation’s armed forces.”

Medal of Honor Memorial & Veterans Bridge

Pueblo is the hometown of four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. This memorial, located at the Pueblo Convention Center honors each of these men with a life-size statue, and includes the engraved names of 3,400 other recipients. Visitors can learn the stories behind each name with a computer database and display inside the Convention Center. The database also features the stories of local veterans who are commemorated on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk’s Veteran’s Bridge located between the Pueblo Convention Center and Grand Avenue.

10TH Mountain Division Monument
Tennessee Pass

Located at the entrance to Ski Cooper, the 10th Mountain Division Monument honors veterans who trained here as World War II ski troops before enduring murderous mountain combat in Italy. Many of those soldiers became leaders in the development of Colorado’s ski industry.

Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado
Ft. Collins

To say “thank you for your service,” list a veteran on a touch-screen interactive computer wall at the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado in Fort Collins. Any veteran who served honorably qualifies for recognition. The Veterans Plaza in Spring Canyon Community Park has two interactive screens. One continually scrolls the names of veterans nominated for recognition by family, friends or anyone else who has the inclination. The other wall displays historical information.

Costilla County Veterans Memorial
Ft. Garland

A Lockheed T-33A “Shooting Star” with U.S. Air Force markings is mounted on a display pole at the Costilla County Veterans Memorial Park near Fort Garland. For a county with a small population base, Costilla County has had over 3,600 men and women serve in the military.

Colorado Freedom Memorial

At the Colorado Freedom Memorial names etched in glass call an honor roll commemorating every Coloradan killed in combat or missing in action, dating back to the Spanish-American War. The Memorial is near Buckley Air Force Base and visitors who are here at the right time of day can actually hear the traditional military song “Retreat” echo across Springhill Park as the colors are lowered at the base.

Douglas County Veterans Monument
Castle Rock

At the corner of 4th and Wilcox, in front of what used to be the Douglas County Courthouse, the monument features a sculpture called Freedoms’ Keeper, a bronze bald eagle with its wings outstretched and an American flag clutched in its talons. Seals of six service branches are embedded into the sculpture’s base and a ring of flagpoles circles the plaza. Every evening, the monument and the flags are bathed in the glow of lights.

Other Colorado communities also have monuments or memorials to their hometown heroes.

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