A salute to 2005 Windsor High School graduate Christopher Birdwell as well as all who served since 9/11 called “Colorado Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit” will be held from Thursday through May 26 at Spring Canyon Community Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Road in Fort Collins.
An official ceremony will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday with the Green Beret Demonstration Team, music, food, vendors and displays.
Also on Saturday will be information for veterans from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., reading of the names of the fallen from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and “Living History — Veterans Tell Their Stories” at 7 p.m.
The Field of Flags for service members lost since 9/11 will run from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday through May 25, and from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 26.
Taps, a bagpiper, color guard and a 21-gun salute will be held nightly at 7 p.m. from Thursday to May 25, and also at 3 p.m. May 26.
According to Windsor resident Brad Hoopes, who is the Veterans Plaza chairman and organizer of the N. Colorado Veterans History Project, Army Staff Sgt. Birdwell will be one of the veterans honored during the event. Birdwell was killed along with another soldier, Spc. Mabry Anders, in Kalagush, Afghanistan, in 2012. Birdwell was serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.
For more on the story, see Wednesday’s Tribune.