It would have seemed difficult to redo the opening day of the Field of Honor ® but the Citizen’s Advisory Committee were successful. Mayor Zo Stieber of Fort Lupton welcomed everyone again. The innovation was given by Pastor Keith Besel, of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. The colors were presented by the Firestone Fire Department, with the Gilcrest Fire Department presenting the flag folding ceremony. The National Anthem was song by Ms. Amber Ramirez, who, again, did a very nice rendition. Col. Michael Cobb, Commander of the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, gave a very nice address celebrating the day to the attendees, many of whom were veterans who appreciated his kind words. Mike West, the Lone Piper, of the Colorado Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, gave quite a rendition of melodies which were in the spirit of the day. Closing remarks were made by Duane Russel, retired volunteer firefighter & U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, who is President of the Legion Riders out of the Firestone American Legion Post 1985. Duane's comments were very fitting for the day and explained in detail many of the events and efforts that the American Legion sponsors in the community. An excellent presentation that was appreciated by all.
The effort by the City of Fort Lupton and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee was impressive. The broad support, across all levels of the community was apparent. Hats off to an effort that shows we can work together to make our community a better place to live, remembering those who have served and those that continue to serve. A job well done by the Committee and all the people of Fort Lupton.