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After Constitution Day, September 17th, I thought that I should focus my attention on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th, 2019. The Oath that military personnel have to take specifies that they will “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. What better way to motivate and inspire our students and people throughout Colorado than to honor, salute, and recognize the men and women who have put their lives on the line to preserve our way of life? As Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address: “that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth”.

America is the great experiment in a free people governing themselves through elected representatives of the people. All power in America is derived from ‘We the People’. In order to keep this great bastion of Liberty our veterans have put their lives on the line to protect us. I believe that all Americans can work together, regardless of their political leaning, to support our veterans who have sacrificed so much in the service of their country.

I would like to make Colorado a model state where everyone in all 64 counties are mobilized to honor and salute our veterans. I am contacting all 64 county Veterans Service Officers to identify what is going on in each county and have this placed on our website. My desire is to have all schools from elementary to college and university doing programs, events, parades, and other activities to honor and salute our veterans. Anyone in Colorado that is doing anything to support this effort should contact me to have what they are doing placed on our website. We would like veterans to visit classes in their community, focusing on high schools, to talk about why they volunteered to join the military.

Please click on the buttons below to download the 2018 Veterans Day Booklet and the Veterans Day Resources 2019. This is an adopted format for Veterans Day. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to add to this adopted format for Veterans Day by clicking on the Contact Us at 303-989-4833. Thank You.

“Veterans’ Day Remembrance”

We gather here today

On Hinsdale County soil

To honor those who’ve served our country….

With blood and sweat and toil


They have served in the Army

The Navy and Air Force too

The Coast Guard and Marine Corps…

Under the red, white and blue


Sometimes in war they were drafted

Most joined up as patriots do

They’ve served our flag around the world…

Protecting me and you


Today, in this crowd I see

Veterans, both young and old

Men and women, our country’s best…

Let their sacrifice and service be told


For over two hundred and forty years

Veterans have answered our country’s call

In war and peace, by day and night…

All gave some and some gave all


So as we gather here on Veterans Day

Just remember this

Our country will remain

The land of the free

As long as there are veterans…

Who will fight for Liberty!


Russ Brown

Vietnam Combat Veteran

Veterans Day Blog 2019