DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of people gathered at Civic Center Park Saturday to honor our fallen war heroes.
“It’s a beautiful morning. It’s a special morning to recognize fellow veterans and people who didn’t come home,” Vietnam veteran Patrick Finnel said.
Living heroes came to honor the fallen heroes. They are the families who understand the price of freedom.
“They gave their sacrifice for our country,” Danny Deitz, Sr. said.
Dietz, Sr. knows it all too well. His Navy SEAL son is among the Coloradoans who gave his life in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
The wreath remembrance ceremony honored fallen heroes from WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the war on terror. Families place poppies of remembrance on their loved one’s pictures, including the first woman from Colorado killed in action.
It was a time of healing.
“I was proud to have my grandkids there to place the flower on my son’s picture, on their uncle’s picture, but it also hurts knowing he’s not here with us,” Cindy Deitz
Part of the tribute ceremony is a forgotten heroes campaign.
“We commend you for your service, dedication and support of the United States military,” veteran Rep. Mike Coffman said.
WWII veteran Charles Glanville was awarded medals of valor but never received them until now.
“I cried. I’m very proud of him. Wow, to be able to walk up there at 90 years old and receive these finally, which he well deserved it was an honor to be here,” Glanville Robin Spencer said.
Hundreds then marched, saluting living and fallen heroes.
It was the 12th annual Memorial Day event and parade in downtown Denver.