Honored guests, including veterans, Mayor Rakowsky and other dignitaries, assembled on the CCHS field for a group photo.Courtesy photos
Veterans, active-duty servicemen and women and their families got a warm welcome from the Cherry Creek High School community during the Bruins 5A Football Playoff Game against Castle View High School, held Nov. 9 at the Stutler Bowl.
CCHS Principal Ryan Silva and other school leaders greeted past and present service members at a VIP tent in the south end zone, where they were treated to a pizza dinner before the game started. It was a chance to visit, share stories of their time in the service, and discuss the Bruins chances of going all the way to the State Championship game.
After dinner, the guests were escorted to the center of the field for the pregame festivities. The CCHS spirit squad sported patriotic jerseys and the Bruin Marching Band played a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Then the honorees were introduced and received a rousing round of applause and cheers from grateful community members on both sides of the field.
As the team captains from CCHS and Castle View shook hands midfield, Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky, an Air Force veteran, represented all of the honored guests during the coin toss. Then it was time to enjoy football under the Friday night lights, one of the simple pleasures Americans are able to enjoy in peace and safety, because of those who have served, and continue to serve, in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The evening ended with a CCHS win, 41-14, which sends the Bruins to the state quarterfinals Nov. 16.
C.J. Clemons with English golden retriever a Vet Puppy for Life Cena and West Middle School Student Tsega Tatek along with the founder of Veteran’s Puppy for Life, Ret. Marine Frank Griggs with English golden retriever Bo.
After Veteran’s were honored before the Cherry Creek/Castle View football game Nov. 8, team captains from CCHS and Castle View shook hands midfield. Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky, an Air Force veteran, represented all of the honored guests during the coin toss. Courtesy photo
Air Force Veteran and Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky with Cherry Creek High School Principal Ryan Silva.
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