Veterans Resource Center’s first anniversary celebration Saturday |

Veterans Resource Center’s first anniversary celebration Saturday

Staff report

The Western Slope Veterans Coalition celebrates the first anniversary of the Jesse Beckius/Casey Owens Veterans Resource Center in Glenwood Springs from 3-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center, located at 803 Colorado Ave.

The center serves the more than 7,000 veterans and their families who live within the Roaring Fork and Eagle valleys. The center also serves as the WSVC headquarters.

The coalition will additionally honor the U.S. Marine Corps 243rd birthday, which is also observed Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day.

There will be an open house and live music performed by Defiance Stringband and refreshments provided by 19th Street Diner and WingNutz.

A formal presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. with a Presentation of Colors for each branch of service, followed by a keynote by Doyle Cooper, lead education volunteer for the Center for American Values, and the Marines birthday party.

“WSVC will share an overview of achievements since the center’s opening one year ago, which includes new partnerships with local businesses and community members that now offer special programs that benefit veterans and their families,” according to a press release.

Entertainment continues following the presentation until 7 p.m.

Attending dignitaries will include Garfield County Commissioner John Martin; Pitkin County Commissioner Steve Child; Janna Owens, mother of Casey Owens; John Beckius, father of Jesse Beckius; WSVC President Charles Hopton; and John Pettit, founding member of WSVC.

The Jesse Beckius/Casey Owens Veterans Resource Center opened its doors on Nov. 10, 2017, serving as a hub for veterans’ resources and a place for veterans and the community to connect, according to the release. For more information about WSVC, visit

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