Veterans Day commemorations planned for downtown and UCCS

Veterans Day celebrations and commemorations are planned for Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 in the Springs.

Veterans from across the region will take to the Colorado Springs downtown streets Saturday to celebrate Veterans Day.

The Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 10. The parade will proceed down Tejon Street, starting at St. Vrain Street and ending at Vermijo Avenue.

The theme of this year’s parade is Iraq Veterans – Courageous Defenders of Freedom.

The Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade was started several years ago by a group of patriotic volunteers who formed a nonprofit organization to fund the event. The mission of the organization is to honor all veterans, and to educate and inspire community awareness while paying tribute to the service and sacrifices all veterans have endured in the pursuit of freedom.

The parade is funded through donations from local businesses and individual contributors. The event costs about $35,000 to host each year.

On-street metered parking downtown and off-street parking in the City-owned parking garages will be free from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on parade day, Nov. 10. City-owned parking garages include: Bijou and Cascade Parking Garage, 215 North Cascade Ave.; City Administration Building Parking Garage, 130 South Nevada Street; and Kiowa Street Parking Garage, 127 East Kiowa Street.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs faculty, staff and students will commemorate Veteran’s Day Nov. 12 by participating in the National Roll Call project that recognizes members of the U.S. armed services killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Nov. 12 in Berger Hall, the names of about 5,000 service members who died as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom will be read aloud. Volunteers will read names for five to 15 minutes until all names are read.

“UCCS will join with campuses across the nation to send the message to the troops currently serving that we have not forgotten their sacrifices or those who have fallen,” said Phillip Morris, Office of Military and Student Affairs director.

At noon, all participating campuses will observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs will also host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in Berger Hall to share the services offered to active duty military members, veterans, and families.