Each year on November 11 we pause to honor our veterans for the service that they have given to our nation. Here in Estes Park, this year’s observance will be especially meaningful, as numerous activities will be taking place throughout the community to pay tribute to the sacrifices these men and women have made on our behalf. American Legion Post 119 encourages everyone who enjoys their freedom and the benefits of life in America to participate in this day of gratitude to our veterans.
Post 119 invites all of you to start the day with our traditional Veterans Day breakfast, served from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Every year since 1928, with the exception of WWII years, Post 119 has served the community a Veterans Day breakfast. Thanks to the generosity of local donors, this breakfast is free for all veterans and just $5 per person for everyone else. The breakfast menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, SOS (hamburger gravy on toast… a military tradition!), juice and coffee. Volunteers will be staffing the kitchen, and our local Cub Scouts will assist with serving. While you are there, make sure you buy a few raffle tickets for a chance to win some pretty cool prizes! Drawing will be at 9:00 pm that day.
A poignant interlude in the day will come with the traditional Veterans Day ceremony at the Estes Park Memorial Gardens on Fish Hatchery Road. That service, “Remembering and Honoring Veterans” will begin at 11:00 a.m.
At 2 p.m., a moving celebration is planned for the dedication of the Estes Park Veterans Monument, at the Veterans Park just west of the Estes Park Visitor Center. For most of the past year, Estes Park’s Honor Flight Committee has worked to raise the funds for this monument. Its construction will be completed just in time for this dedication event. Veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces, through times of war and times of peace, will be forever honored through this site.
After the ceremonies, there will be music. The Peak to Peak Concert Series, sponsored by the Estes Park Oratorio Society, presents a concert of song at 4 p.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. “Life and Loss” is a collection of classical, operatic, and theatrical songs exploring grief, loss, and the celebration of life.
At Post 119, the day of remembrance will be capped with a Heroes Benefest celebration from 4-10 p.m. The public is invited, with no cover charge but plenty of opportunities to express your generosity for the benefit of those heroes. And dance! Music will be provided through the generous donation of three local bands: Night Owl, Tahosa and Midnight Trampoline. Food and beverages will be available. Our Veterans Day Raffle will conclude with a 9:00 pm drawing for winners.
We hope that all of you will join the celebration on Saturday November 11!