Veterans Day ceremonies held

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A steady parade of men, women and children moved into place Nov. 11 for the annual Veterans Day Ceremonies at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Every year, the Department of Colorado, District 10 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary sponsor the event that follows a traditional agenda.

This year, members of the Civil Air Patrol posted the colors, and there were patriotic songs sung by Cassandra Ellis, an Air Force veteran.  There were speeches before a wreath was placed at a symbolic headstone, bagpiping by retired Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Ken Giese and the rifle salute by members of VFW Post 9644 honor guard. Members of Bugles across America played “Taps.”

Many individuals and groups decided to do something to mark Veterans Day.

The Campbell and Luckenbill children are homeschooled. Their parents had them prepare thank-you notes they handed out to veterans.

Near time for the ceremonies to start, buses dropped off 24 young people from the Littleton Public Schools transition program so they could be at the event. Many of the students brought wreaths they had made. Each wreath was designated for a particular military service and the students placed the wreaths next to the headstone of a veteran of those services.

Also, members of the Mountain View Chapter of Young Marines were in uniform. They handed out programs, stood with the flags near the podium and assisted in the ceremonies.

Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Pedro L. Galan attended the ceremony in full dress uniform. He and his wife Elida stood during the event and they joined in singing “God Bless America.”

It was John Pentergast’s first time to attend the Fort Logan event. He said he attended because he was visiting from Ohio and took the opportunity to honor two friends buried at Fort Logan.

“I served in Desert Storm and two of the guys I served with are here at (Fort) Logan,” he said is an emotional voice. “They were guys in my unit who didn’t come home. I visited their graves and I wanted to do more. So, I felt paying tribute to them and all veterans by attending the ceremonies was the least I could do in their memory.”

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