Remembering fallen heroes on Memorial Day in southern Colorado

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Southern Colorado honoring those who died serving our country on Memorial Day. 

They talked about not just remembering those in wars in the past but also the wars being fought right now in Afghanistan.  

A ceremony reading names of fallen veterans, as 135 wartime vets are currently laid to rest in the Monument cemetery. Each headstone getting a flag with the help of a local boy scout pack.  

Retired Army SSG Robert Bishop reminding those who enjoy the long weekend that it’s not just about barbecues and pools but it has a bigger meaning, we must not forget.  

“Over time grief tends to lessen, and we tend to forget if we do not remember the people that came before us and the people that sacrificed, I think,  in essence, we are kind of doomed to repeat mistakes,” SSG Bishop said. “These men and women died for us, so we can live in freedom.” 

“The reason behind honoring Memorial Day is the ultimate price the service member has paid and to understand and remember that, and pass that on through generation and generation,” said Don Wilson mayor of Monument, marine veteran. “A lot of our military don’t return home and don’t get to see their families again. So while we are having a barbeque, there is somebody out there that missing a member of their family, a spouse, a loved one.”

The practice of honoring our fallen started as “Decoration Day” after the civil war on May 30, 1868.

About 5,000 people decorated the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. It was more than a century later in 1971 when the last Monday in May, would become “Memorial Day.”

Meanwhile, the National Cemetery for U.S. Veterans marked its Memorial Day debut in southern El Paso County.

More than 700 veterans are in their final resting place at the Pikes Peak National Cemetery.

The cemetery opened Nov. 1 after more than two decades’ lobbying of the Department of Veterans Affairs by 20-20.

It will be able to accommodate more than 13,000 veteran burials and, ultimately will be home to 200,000 in the decades to come.

A moment of silence happening at Bancroft Park during Territory Days.

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