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County comes together to officially welcome home Vietnam Veterans

Posted on 06/05/2018
County comes together to officially welcome home Vietnam Veterans

Over one hundred people gathered at the Windsor Community Center Saturday morning to officially welcome home veterans of the Vietnam War. The third such ceremony hosted by Weld County Commissioners is part of a national program recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the war.

“Your honor and courage during the Vietnam War are never to be forgotten, and your valor and integrity are to always be remembered,” said Commissioner Chairman Steve Moreno.

Veterans were joined by family members as they were treated to breakfast courtesy of the Harold “Huck” Hensley VFW Post 4334 in Ault and the Pioneer Post 2121 and Auxiliary 2121 in Garden City, presentation of the colors by the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base Honor Guard, singing of the National Anthem by Windsor High School students Jasmine Perry-Grice and Tyler Grasmick, and the invocation by Major and Wing Chaplin for the 90th Missile Wing at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base Richard Holmes.

In addition to honoring the veterans, the Board of Commissioners also proclaimed June 2, 2018, as Stan Cass Day in recognition of his outstanding life dedicated to military, community and public service. Cass passed away on April 14, 2018. Commissioner Julie Cozad asked Cass’ wife, Cecily, to join her at the podium while Cozad read the proclamation, which said in part: “(Cass) has impacted thousands of veterans in Weld County by helping the Veterans Memorial be built in Greeley that set a standard for other cities and towns and was the founder of the honor Flight of Northern Colorado, which has taken more than 2,000 veterans to Washington D.C.” Cozad then handed Cass the proclamation before a standing ovation.

Maria Secrest, representing Senator Cory Gardner’s office, read the presidential proclamation, and Frontier High School graduate Caitlyn Olson recited her award-winning essay, American History: Our Hope for the Future. Windsor Mayor Kristie Melendez also attended and assisted in welcoming home veterans.

“The freedoms and liberties we enjoy today as a nation are the result of the courage, dedication and sacrifice demonstrated by you, as well as the 28 service members from Weld County who died in the Vietnam War,” said Moreno. “We are proud to finally, formally, welcome you home!”

To see photos from the event, please visit our @weldcountygovernment page on Facebook.