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10th Mountain men to reunite

Staff Report

Though Memorial Day brings up images of barbecues, road trips, and swimming pools, there are some other options for the weekend.

One of the most special may be the annual reunion of the 10th Mountain Division at the summit of Tennessee Pass.

For the 46th consecutive year the “greatest generation” of surviving veterans of Colorado’s famous 10th Mountain Division will gather on Memorial Day, at their World War II Memorial Monument, to honor their fallen comrades and the men of the current 10th Mountain Division who have been lost in combat.

The 10th Mountain Division was created in Colorado in 1943 and trained at Camp Hale, high in the Rockies. The unit was trained specifically for winter and mountain warfare, and played a major role in the battles that brought about the surrender of the German Army in Italy.

The guest of honor and principal speaker will be Colonel Kevin Wilkerson, who until recently was a brigade commander in Afghanistan with the current 10th.

The 10th Special Forces (airborne) from Fort Carson, and a 10th Mountain delegation from Fort Drum, N.Y., will provide military support.

The Lake County High School Band will provide music.

The men of the 10th invite the public to join them for this meaningful and emotional event, but remind people that Highway 24 south of Minturn is closed. Attendees must take Highway 91 from Copper Mountain to Leadville, then head north on Highway 24 to Tennessee Pass.

Leadville also should now be accessible via Highway 82 from Aspen, as Independence Pass was scheduled to reopen to motorists Thursday.

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