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Holiday Closures


Last updated 12/19/2018 at 2:13pm

Good day and glad tidings. I hope all are well and having a great week leading up to Christmas. I wanted to start off by posting the schedule for holiday closures for the County and then mentioning the solemn but wonderful event I attended this past Saturday at the Pikes Peak National Veterans Cemetery.

Most El Paso County administrative and elected administrative offices and affiliated agencies, including El Paso County Public Health, the Department of Human Services, Clerk and Recorder, County Treasurer, County Assessor, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, CSU Extension, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the El Paso County Public Trustee will be closed on December 24 and 25, and Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in observance of the holidays.

Judicial offices of the 4th Judicial District Attorney and El Paso County Combined Courts will be open regular hours Monday, December 24. They will be closed December 25, and January 1, 2019. The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's North Branch Office in Union Town Center (Union and Research Parkway) which is usually open Saturday mornings will be closed Saturday, December 22. The Fort Carson branch of the Clerk and Recorder's Office will be closed on Monday, December 31. The County Commissioners regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, December 25 and Thursday, the 27th, and Tuesday, January 1 and Thursday, the 3rd, have been canceled.

Wreaths Placed at New Pikes Peak National Veterans Cemetery

Finally, I had the honor to participate in the first observance of Wreaths Across America at our recently opened Pikes Peak National Veterans Cemetery this past Saturday. The Wreaths Across America organization has a stated mission to "Remember, Honor and Teach," which they do by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies during the Christmas season at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. Locals participated by laying wreaths on the grave sites following a short ceremony of remembrance. I was particularly moved by the presentation of service wreaths that included a separate wreath to honor those that were MIA or whose remains were never recovered.

Those who helped lay the wreaths were provided instructions on how they should be placed, and were asked to render a salute and read the name of each veteran as they laid the wreath. It was also great to be able to speak with a local WWII veteran and Battle of the Bulge survivor, Ed Beck, who was in attendance (see photo n front page).

The organization and the cemetery leadership did a great job in encouraging the youth to participate (see photo of sisters Haylie and Layla, courtesy of Christina LePage on this week's front page) and it was wonderful to see them learn about the sacrifice so many give (both veterans and their families).

Have a most wonderful week, and Merry Christmas!


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