Memorial Day scene at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY STEFAN KRUSZE
For the 87th annual memorial ceremony, Lt. Col. Thomas Scheffel of the Colorado Wing, Civil Air Patrol provided a brief history about Fort Logan National Cemetery and the origins of Memorial Day. Fort Logan National Cemetery was named after, Union General John A. Logan and he created a day known as Decoration Day. It was an annual tradition that continued for over a century until 1971 when Decoration Day, the last Monday in May, became Memorial Day. Lt. Col. Thomas Scheffel gave a reminder that this upcoming June 6, 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, along with its history. This year’s ceremony included seven Howitzer Rounds that were fired off representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marines and POW-MIA 169th Field Artillery Brigade of the Colorado Army National Guard, a new addition to the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Memorial Rifle Salute by the 460th Space Wing Mile High Honor Guard.
Dylan Nave touching up his Great Uncle’s head stone.His uncle Craig A. Webb was a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient.
Aubrielle Darnelle getting to get a closer look and touch of the Honor Bell with Kim Tompkins US Navy Ret explains about how the bell was made. The Honor Bell is made with a special bronze alloy that is made with military service medals of fallen US military veterans, and to be able to touch the bell white cotton gloves must be worn so that one’s body chemistry will not react or corrode the bell.
MGySgt Ken Giese, USMC Ret, Bagpiper standing at attention during the Moment of Silence.
Presenting the Colors are members of the Colorado Wing-Civil Air Patrol.
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