The Board of El Paso County Commissioners during its regular meeting today honored veterans for their service and in the official Proclamation encouraged all residents to extend the heartfelt greeting, “Thank you for your service” to each and every veteran they meet.
“The Congress of the United States, following World War I officially recognized that the recurring anniversary of this date, which would come to be known as Armistice Day, should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations,” Commissioner Peggy Littleton read the Proclamation into the record. “Congress amended its earlier legislation in 1954 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans” thereby expressing its intent that November 11th should be a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
El Paso County is home to more than 98,000 veterans.
President Darryl Glenn said, “It is truly an honor to be part of a community the embraces patriotism and loves our veterans.”
El Paso County Veterans Service Officer Carl McDaniel said, “It’s just amazing to see the support that has been provided within the County for our veterans. People like this county so well, we grew by 15,000 veterans since last year.”
The El Paso County Veterans Services assists more than 8,000 local veterans and their families each year as they navigate the difficult process to obtain earned benefits through the federal government’s Veterans Administration.
Local Veterans Day events include:
Pikes Peak Veterans Council annual Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 a.m., Saturday Nov. 11, at The Disabled American Veterans Hall, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd.
Wreath laying Ceremony at Memorial Park at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11.
Memorial Dedication for William J. Crawford, Medal of Honor Recipient at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11, at Palmer Lake, north entrance. R.S.V.P. Linda Wilson 719-481-3077.
Reminder: El Paso County administrative and elected administrative offices and affiliated agencies, including El Paso County Public Health, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, CSU Extension, the offices of the 4th Judicial District Attorney, El Paso County Public Trustee and El Paso County Combined Courts will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day.
The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s North Branch Office in Union Town Center (Union and Research Parkway) will be open for its regular Saturday hours (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on Nov. 11. It is the only motor vehicle office in Colorado that offers regular Saturday hours.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239