COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - A ceremony to mark the first Memorial Day at the Pikes Peak National Cemetery kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday.
With musicians from Fort Carson and a speech from retired Army Maj. Gen. Steve Best, the event is designed to begin decades for the facility as a hub for Memorial Day events in the Pikes Peak region.
The cemetery opened Nov. 1 and now enshrines more than 700 veterans and family members.
The cemetery is just east of the Colorado Springs airport at 10545 Drennan Road. Parking is available on site for the event.
If you go:
Bring sunscreen: Temperatures are expected to top 70 degrees under sunny skies on the 374 acres of former ranchland.
Bring tissues: They'll have a bagpiper honoring the fallen, which will bring a tear to the eye of the toughest warrior.
Ask questions: Members of veterans groups including the Pikes Peak Veteran's Council will be on hand. And they'd be happy to fill the public in on why this kind of ceremony is important.
Memorial Day Commemoration: Hosted by Evergreen Heritage with historic displays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with 10 U.S. Calvary Buffalo Soldiers Commemoration at 11 a.m., Evergreen Cemetery Historic Chapel, 1005 Hancock Expressway, free; 460-7328.
Angels of America’s Fallen Fundraiser: One dollar from every pint to benefit Angels of America’s Fallen, Trinity Brewing Co., 1466 Garden of the Gods Road; trinitybrew.com; Bristol Brewing Co., 1604 S. Cascade Ave.; bristolbrewing.com.
Territory Days: Missed it over the weekend? The 44th annual event runs through Monday. The event is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. along Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City. A special "National Moment of Remembrance" will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Bancroft Park.