Veterans, families and community members filled rows of seats in James H. LaRue library on Nov. 11 for the annual Veterans Day Celebration, hosted by the Highlands Ranch Metro District.
TaRhonda Thomas, a 9News reporter whose brother died in …
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TaRhonda Thomas, a 9News reporter whose brother died in service, led the ceremony, which included the presentation of colors, national anthem, a history of Veterans Day, poster contest and more. Col. David Miller, commander of the 460th Space Wing of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, was the guest speaker of the evening.
He noted the small percentage of people in the U.S. who are on active duty.
“If not me, than who?” Miller said to the crowd of about 200 people. “That is what Veterans Day means to me.”
Following the ceremony, guests shook hands with and thanked the veterans in the room.
Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas was overcome with emotion. Her father served in Korea.
“Freedom isn't free,” said Thomas, tears welling in her eyes. “These guys are really incredible.”
Located southeast of the library, the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument has 561 tiles dedicated to friends and family members who have served. There is room for more. For information on how to purchase a tile, visit hrvets.org/buy-a-dedication-tile.
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