Veterans Day is not just about remembering what happened, it’s about the sacrifice which was made.
“It’s a day for remembering our buddies who haven’t returned, and bringing life to the reality what life would be like in America without our veterans,” said Harry Moos, Arvada Honor Guard member and United States Army Veteran.
On a brisk, Nov. 11, morning, around 150 residents, veterans, and city staff gathered outside City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road, to recognize, honor and thank Arvada veterans for their service to the community and the nation.
“It’s important to honor everyone who serves in our nation,” said Council Member John Marriott, “Those in the military do more than just that, it’s not for the money, it’s for our nation.”
The event featured a performance by the Arvada Chorale, a 21-gun salute by the Arvada Honor Guard, the presentation of colors by the Arvada Color Guard, and recognition of veterans by Mayor Marc Williams and the Arvada City Council.
Veterans from Arvada and surrounding communities came to celebrate those present and the day, including 26-year Army veteran, Les Hayes, of Lakewood.
“The everyday life we have, the religious and political freedoms, those are enjoyed because of the service of our veterans,” Hayes said.
During the recognition, council members presented each veteran with a set of dog tags as a small gift in honor of their service.
The event closed with a light reception in City Hall where attendees mingled, sharing stories about their service and the sacrifices of others while enjoying refreshments.
“They could have the Japanese or German flag out there but we have our flag; we fought for it,” Moos said. “If Japan or Germany won the war we wouldn’t have that, and we wouldn’t have our freedom.”
Veterans Day nationally recognizes individuals across America who served the nation in a branch of the military and is observed as a time to thank those who have, continue to, and will serve the nation.