We’ve been asked by Brad Hoopes, Executive Director of the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado to share an invitation to a number of activities over Memorial Day weekend to honor the “Greatest Generation,” our World War II Veterans. There will be a Victory Day Dance on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center. The evening will include performances by the 13 piece big band “Just For Kicks” and the “American Bombshells” (an Andrews Sisters tribute group.) The guest speaker will be Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, giving a presentation about her grandfather Jimmy Doolittle of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
In addition, the annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at noon on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Veterans Plaza (very west end of Horsetooth Road, located in Spring Canyon Community Park in Fort Collins.) There will be WWII re-enactors, vintage vehicles, a fly over, food vendors, veteran resource booths, more music and dancing as well as a field of flags (4000+, one for every 100 KIA) to honor those who have fallen during the war. If you know friends or families who have since lost their WWII veteran, we invite them to the ceremony and ask that they bring a picture of their veteran with them to hold during the ceremony. We request your presence at the ceremony as we hope to gather the largest group of WWII Veterans and all those affected by WWII as possible.
These activities are being held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. You are encouraged to dress in your best 1940s garb and be ready to dance the night away. There will be a VIP reception from 5 pm to 7 pm for WWII Veterans and Donors. All WWII Veterans and their guests will be admitted for free.
For tickets visit www.veteransplazanoco.org.
We know from past posts and comments on Veterans Day that there is a great amount of interest about our Windsor Veterans. Please take a moment to share this invitation with anyone that you know is a Veteran as well as anyone who would be interested in taking a few moments to attend the activities. It’s a great way to honor our Veterans.