Colorado’s Fallen Heroes Memorial, 14 years in the making, formally dedicated ahead of Veterans Day

November 7, 2021
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIAL211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army, president and CEO, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, was the keynote speaker at the formal dedication of the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial on Nov. 6, 2021, in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park just west of the state Capitol in Denver.

Military veterans and those on active duty joined the families and friends of those who died while serving their country during the formal dedication of the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial on Saturday.

The ceremony, on a bright and warm fall morning, took place in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park just west of the state Capitol in Denver. Gold Star families, active and retired law enforcement officers and cadets from the Civil Air Patrol were also among those in attendance. Gov. Jared Polis, Mayor Michael Hancock, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army and Tom Wykstra, a Gold Star father, were among those offering tributes and thanks to the fallen members of the military from Colorado.

"This powerful monument honors those Coloradans who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and our values," Polis said. "They will never be forgotten."

Fourteen years ago, then-Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill that endorsed the creation of a memorial to honor Coloradans killed during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The ground-breaking ceremony for the memorial was two years ago.

211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
At the formal dedication of the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial on Nov. 6, 2021.
211106Hart Van Denburg/CPR News
Gov. Jared Polis speaks at the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial dedication.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
The Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial on Nov. 6, 2021, in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Attendees, including state Rep. David Ortiz, at right, a helicopter pilot in the Army, who was injured in a crash in 2012 that left him paralyzed from the waist down, cast long shadows.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
A man wears a patriotic shirt at the formal dedication of the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial on Nov. 6, 2021, in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock speaks at the formal dedication.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Aurora Mayor and former congressman Mike Coffman, who served in both the Army and the Marines, was among those who spoke at the formal dedication of the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial on Nov. 6, 2021, in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park just west of the state Capitol in Denver.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Military jets fly in formation over the dedication.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan, The Adjutant General of Colorado, speaks to attendees.
211106-FALLEN-HEROES-MEMORIALHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol stand together at the formal dedication of the Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial on Nov. 6, 2021, in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park.

You care.

You want to know what is really going on these days, especially in Colorado. We can help you keep up.  The Lookout is a free, daily email newsletter with news and happenings from all over Colorado. Sign up here and we will see you in the morning!