Memorial Day events planned
Last updated 5/27/2021 at 11:18am
The city of Fountain and various organizations are partnering to bring back an in-person Memorial Day ceremony after last year's hiatus due to COVID-19.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Mayor's Park, corner of Iris Drive and Dale Street, Fountain.
Fort Carson will have its ceremony honoring fallen soldiers this Thursday, May 27, near Gate 1.
See full details with program schedule on p. 24.
The city, VFW, American Legion, El Paso County, Fountain-Fort Carson High School and others will be participating. Mayor Gabe Ortega will provide opening remarks, and the FFCHS choir will sing the National Anthem.
Fountain Police/Fire Honor Guard will post the colors, County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez will speak, Taps will be played, and there will be a presentation of wreaths for the armed services and a special wreath being made and presented for Gold Star Families.
"We have a lot of organizations working together to create a really touching and dignified event," said John Trylch, the city's communications manager.
Fort Carson Memorial Day event
Join Fort Carson on Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m. to honor fallen Soldiers who lost their lives while deployed from the installation.
Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane, the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson commanding general, will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony held at the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial in Kit Carson Park near Gate 1.
Since 2004, Fort Carson has commemorated Soldiers from the Mountain Post who have lost their lives fighting in support of overseas contingency operations since 2003. A total of 405 names of fallen military servicemen and women are inscribed on the memorial stones.
The two Soldiers who both died in 2019 and now join the 405 other Fort Carson Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice are:
- Master Sgt. Michael B. Riley, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
- Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Visitors who are coming from off post should take Nelson Boulevard located just off of State Highway 115. From there, they will be directed to parking that will not require access to post.
Gate 1, the installation's main access control point, will close to outbound traffic 20 minutes prior to the event and will close to inbound traffic five minutes prior to the event. It will reopen after the ceremony is complete.
Individuals from on post who are attending the memorial ceremony should park in the lot off of Harr Avenue (on post), and use the pedestrian gate to access the event site. As a reminder, appropriate identification will be required to re-enter the installation following the ceremony.
The event will stream live online at facebook.com/USArmyFortCarson
Pikes Peak National Cemetery
COVID restrictions this year have restricted any large public event at National Cemeteries. The local veterans cemetery, Pikes Peak National Cemetery, will be having a small non-public ceremony on Friday, May 28, at noon. This ceremony will be live-streamed on the Pikes Peak National Cemetery Support Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PPNCSC.
The National Cemetery will be fully open for all visitors on Memorial Day.