Veterans cemetery seeks volunteers for committee

 

Last updated 6/8/2022 at 11:28am

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

Do you have a passion for veterans and their families? The local veterans' cemetery urgently needs your help.

Pikes Peak National Cemetery, which opened in 2018, serves U.S. military veterans and qualifying dependents. It relies on a Support Committee to carry out a number of activities and duties to make operations of this veterans' cemetery successful, from special events and ceremonies, to developing financial support.

That committee is in need of a few good volunteers to fill these positions:

Vice President, Legal Counselor, Community Relations Liaison, Sergeant-at-Arms, and up to seven general board members.

Some positions require that the person be a military veteran or active duty. Some, like legal counselor and sergeant-at-arms, prefer military service but do not require it. General board members may be civilians with no specific affiliation. Knowledge of the Veterans Administration (VA), Pikes Peak National Cemetery, Robert's Rules of Order, etc., would be helpful.


One specific need that has popped up is management of the committee's Facebook page to keep interested members of the community updated on events and news at the cemetery.

Located at 10545 Drennan Road, just east of Marksheffel Road, the cemetery serves as the final resting place for many veterans and their family members.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased the land in 2014. The cemetery covers 374 acres total, with the capacity to serve more than 95,000 veterans. The site was planned to not only include spaces for in-ground burials, but also a columbarium for storing cremated remains in niches. The site also has an ossuary, an administration building, a flag court and a memorial wall.

The cemetery was dedicated May 25, 2018, and the first burial on the site took place Nov. 1, 2018.

To qualify for burial in the cemetery, an individual must have served the minimum active-duty service requirement in the armed services and been discharged under honorable conditions. Reservists who were eligible for retired pay or who died in action or on training duty may qualify as well. The cemetery may also accept veterans' spouses (including those who outlive the veteran); minor children who are dependents, and in some cases unmarried adult children with disabilities may also qualify. Those family members who do qualify can be buried in the cemetery even if they pass away before the veteran.

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

Memorial Day ceremony May 30, 2022.

The cemetery hosts special events throughout the year, including Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. The Support Committee assists with all of these. They also support the Fort Lyon National Cemetery east of Las Animas in Bent County, Colorado.

To learn more about the cemetery, including visiting hours and inquiring about burial, go to https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/PikesPeak.asp

The committee meets monthly at 8:30 a.m. on the third Thursday via ZOOM. For further information or to apply for a vacant position, contact Wally Jones at [email protected]; Jack Casey at [email protected]; or Willie Kalaski at [email protected]

 

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