Smaller Memorial Services for Leadville
Memorial Day Services Update
While many of the traditional Memorial Day services have been scaled back their patriotic passion has not. Please find a meaningful way to remember lost loved ones in Leadville Today. Here’s what has been confirmed regarding the Memorial Weekend services in Lake County.
Lake County Veterans Memorial Service: The traditional service held on Sunday of Memorial Weekend as well as the Recognition Ride have been canceled this year. Organizers could not get commitments on speakers do to COVID.
However, it was reported that the Elks Lodge #236 and the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are still considering doing the traditional laying of the wreaths with something on a smaller scale. After that ceremony, the public is invited to a Memorial BBQ at the Elks Lodge. For more details contact 719-486-0236.
Tenth Mtn Service On But Not Open
By Nancy Kramer, President, 10th Mountain Division Foundation
For the 63rd consecutive year, the Foundation will hold our Memorial Day ceremony at the Tennessee Pass Monument on Monday, May 31, 2021. As with last year’s ceremony, COVID-19 prevents us from providing an open invitation to the general public to gather on-site. We will have a small ceremony and record the event for viewing later in the day. We will provide communications about options to view the video. The formal portion of the ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. MDT. We are asking that no visitors attend at that time. We do encourage visitors to the area to pay their respects at another time.
- Participants: The Living History Display Group will provide military support during the ceremony. Our keynote speaker this year will be Major General Brian Mennes from Fort Drum, who will join us virtually. We will continue the tradition of profiles of the fallen with a brief reading in honor of a member of today’s 10th Mountain Division.
- Wreaths: As in the past, five wreaths will be placed at the base of the monument representing the core and tenant organizations. Again, this year, we will abstain from Chapter wreaths in the interest of the necessary reduction in visitor count.
- Lunch: Due COVID and the virtual nature of the ceremony, we will not be hosting a luncheon at Ski Cooper. We would ask that you remember all of our veterans and friends as you have your main meal this Memorial Day.
It is important that we honor our fallen comrades and those who have left us since the war’s end. We urge you, your family, and friends to watch the video of this year’s Memorial Day Service when it is posted. We anticipate a return to our traditional ceremony in the coming years. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we stay safe during this pandemic.
Memorial Mass at St. Joseph Church
Holy Family Parish in Leadville will be holding their traditional Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10 a.m. However this year, the annual celebration will be in St. Josephs’ Church and NOT in the cemetery. There will be no 8 a.m. Mass that morning. Visit their Facebook Page for updates.
HRRMC Offering Free Health Screenings
The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) Foundation is now accepting applications for the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) Clinical Services program.
The WWC program is grant funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and offers free cervical cancer screenings/Pap smear tests and free breast cancer screenings/mammograms to qualifying women. Eligible participants are women between the ages of 21-64 years old, living within a specific income level and are uninsured or underinsured. Funding for screenings is available for women living in Chaffee, Lake, Western Fremont, Park, and Saguache counties.
In addition to providing free preventative health screenings at its main hospital campus, HRRMC recently qualified to provide these services at all HRRMC outlying clinic locations, including the Salida Health Center in Salida, Colo.; Buena Vista Health Center in Buena Vista, Colo; Custer County Health Center in Westcliffe, Colo.; and the Saguache Health Center in Saguache, Colo.
“The Women’s Wellness Connection program creates awareness and access to preventative health and cancer screenings,” explained Melanie Critelli, WWC Community Health Coordinator. “Our service region is geographically isolated, which can create barriers to women accessing annual care. Insurance coverage and cost can create additional obstacles. Our program works to support women financially and emotionally to access these critical appointments.”
More information, including details on guidelines and enrollment are available on the hospital website at www.hrrmc.com/hrrmc-foundation.
For questions about the enrollment process or to talk with someone directly, contact WWC Community Health Coordinator Melanie Critelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-530-1065.