'They go out and fight for us'

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Caleb Sathianathan, a 14-year-old Trail Life scout, ended the Veterans Day celebration in Castle Rock reciting a poem, called “They Did Their Share,” written by Joanna Fuchs.

“No matter what the duty, for low pay and little glory, these soldiers gave up normal lives, for duties mundane and dry,” Sathianathan read. “We owe so much to them, who kept us safe from terror, so when we see a uniform, let's say `thank you' to every wearer.”

The Castle Rock teen from Trail Life Troop 8014 said volunteering at the annual event is something he does with his brother and his dad to show his gratitude for the men and women who serve.

“They go out and fight for us, risking their own lives for people they don't even know and yet they still do it,” Sathianathan said. “That a random, unknown stranger would fight a war for me and die in the process… it inspires me.”

On the corner of Fourth and Wilcox streets in downtown Castle Rock, with a backdrop of the American flag whipping in the wind atop the Rock, a crowd gathered to honor military veterans Nov. 9. Songs were sung, laughter was shared and tears were shed as speakers went to the podium sharing their personal stories about a veteran who has impacted his or her life.

Steffan Tubbs, a Denver radio host, was the keynote speaker of the event. He honored veteran's who died in the past year and gave special shout-outs to veterans who fought in every war since World War II — all of which had at least one representative at the Douglas County Veterans Monument for the celebration.

To the view remaining World War II vets, he gave a special thank you.

“How many in the crowd remember recycling drives, remember Victory Gardens? To those who fought in the Greatest Generation, thank you… for saving the world,” Tubbs said. “Let us never, ever forget that we do live in the greatest country on Earth because of the men and women — many of them are standing right here today.”

County Commissioner Lora Thomas told the audience about her father, a proud Navy man, and thanked veterans for their service.

“These great men and women, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers, who left the safety and comfort of their homes to put everything on the line so you and me can continue to live in safety, comfort, and most importantly, freedom,” Thomas said. “To our great veterans, I say thank you for your service, your dedication, and most of all, your sacrifice, and putting all of us, the American republic, before yourselves. God bless all of you.”

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