#MemorialDay Tributes downtown Denver: stirring posters, music, armed forces, vets, and active duty, honor with Gold Star families.

World War II vets. Vietnam Vets. Korea Vets. 9/11 Vets. War on Terror (1941-2001) Vets. All American recent conflicts. Iraq. Afghanistan. 9/11. Desert Storm. Persian Gulf.

Thank you Mary Maher, Mt. Carmel Orphanage, Denver, where both Pete Zarlengo, 94, WWII Normandy Invasion-Omaha Beach, and his fallen brother, Dominic resided years ago. Dominic killed in the Pacific in 1946, interred at the Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii. Was 20 years old. 34,000 service men interred in the Honolulu Memorial, near Pearl Harbor. Am grateful to participate in this 20th year anniversary. The bright red geraniums for the Gold Star families. Pins. Sashes like given to Pete Zarlengo…handwoven with his brother’s name…Thank you Louetta Smith who coordinates all the posters, memorials, volunteers, breakfast, Gold Star Moms, and more. A real tribute for all the Gold Star families from recent conflicts. I met Vietnam brothers on their infamous HARLEYs who helped me with my new search for my late husband’s Blue Water Vietnam Veterans. This is a great city!  Mayor Hancock was present. The music was traditional and contemporary. I was touched that these combat vets took the time to help me. Agent Orange exposure. Memorials matter, so we do not forget. We honor and remember. And we cultivate our gardens in peacetime.

The tolling of the Navy bell for each fallen hero was to me the most moving — the unique sound of the bell does toll…for the fallen from Colorado — and for thee.

Solemn.

–Denver, CO  May 25, 2019 POF Hall.

Veteran History Project located at http://www.loc.gov/vets

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