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Memorial Day ceremonies around the Fountain Valley

 

Last updated 5/24/2022 at 11:01pm

Carry the Load

Carry the Load participants make a stop to honor veterans at Mobile National Cemetery in Alabama earlier this week. The campaign will make a stop at Pikes Peak National Cemetery on May 27.

Numerous Memorial Day events are planned throughout the area this week and on Monday.

• Fort Carson will honor fallen Soldiers who lost their lives while deployed from the installation in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial located in Kit Carson Park near Gate 1.

Maj. Gen. David Hodne, the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson commanding general, will be the keynote speaker.

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 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.

Since 2004, Fort Carson has commemorated Soldiers from the Mountain Post who have lost their lives fighting in support of overseas contingency operations that began in 2003. A total of 403 names of fallen military servicemen and women are inscribed on the memorial stones. No new names will be added this year.

• The city of Fountain's annual Memorial Day ceremony in Mayor's Park, 809 Dale St., will be Monday, May 30, at 8 a.m.

This event is open to the public and includes a variety of speakers, veterans organizations, and special tributes.

Various veterans groups will hold events throughout the day. VFW Post 6461 in Fountain will have a flag ceremony a 11, a Memorial Day ceremony at 11:15, and a cookout at noon.

• Pikes Peak National Cemetery would like to invite the public to attend a commemoration ceremony honoring all veterans who are no longer with us. The ceremony will include an Honor Guard, guest speakers, rifle and cannon volley, band and bagpiper, as well as other participants.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30, on the stage under the flag poles. Please come out to remember those we've lost, honor them, and their surviving families. The cemetery is at 10545 Drennan Road, north of Bradley Road and east of Marksheffel Road.

• On May 26, Carry The Load will be walking through Colorado Springs as a part of its 20,000-mile national relay to honor and remember our fallen military and first responders. Since 2011, Carry The Load's mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has grown into a national movement – this year with five routes covering 48 states to honor and remember those who laid down their lives for our freedom. This year's stop in Colorado Springs is particularly historical, with the relay stopping in the U.S. Air Force Academy for the first time, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26. Other stops in Colorado Springs on Thursday include UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., at 3 p.m.; and the Memorial Park Peace Officers Memorial, 280 S. Union Blvd., at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, the community is invited to join Carry The Load at the Pikes Peak National Cemetery to pay respects and honor the sacrifices of our

nation's heroes. The gathering will begin at 8 a.m., and at 9 participants will send off the Relay Team as it continues toward Dallas, Texas.

To register as a participant, go to carrytheload.org and click on Memorial May Events.

"For anyone who has lost someone in service to our country, they will tell you that participating in Carry The Load has made a lasting impact on their life," says Stephen Holley, co-founder, president and CEO of Carry The Load. "There is nothing like the human touch. Being in that environment, walking side-by-side one another, and sharing stories demonstrates beyond words that people do care."

The program for Fountain's Memorial Day ceremony, set for 8 a.m. May 30.

In addition to providing emotional healing, Carry The Load raises much needed funds to assist with the many challenges facing our military, veterans, first responders and their families. Peer-to-peer fundraising goes toward recovery services, such as counseling, adaptive training, service dogs, suicide prevention, job placements, home improvements, scholarships for children of the fallen, and more. The 2022 goal is to reach $2 million in peer-to-peer fundraising.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the title sponsor of Carry The Load for the eighth consecutive year. Other corporate partners include FirstNet (AT&T); Frito-Lay (PepsiCo), TAC (The Arnold Companies), Henry Schein Cares, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Energy Transfer. The VA National Cemetery Administration is a strategic partner for the fifth consecutive year.

 

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