Kiowa County Recognizes Our Veterans ... CLCEC Hosts Graphic War Movie
Armistice Day occurred on the ELEVENTH hour on the ELEVENTH day of the ELEVENTH month, and since that day Americans have realized each year on November 11th what the sacrifices of our soldiers really meant for them and the freedoms and luxuries they brought. One of our astute high school students said it well, "We owe these men and women our very lives...each and every one of us."
This year Veteran's Day was especially memorable as the county, like the rest of the country, is getting an ever-sinking feeling that the country our Veterans fought so hard to defend is drastically changing. But in Kiowa County, Colorado those changes, thank God, aren't coming as our citizens, from the very youngest to the elderly, still believe in the high ideals this country was founded upon.
Therefore, Kiowa County put on a big party for their Veterans and involved everyone in the county. Due to the intense cold weather that hit the county, a memorial tribute was brought to the Community Building where some 600 people met to honor our veterans and reveal the new Memorial located at the Roadside Park in Eads, Colorado.
The Memorial was placed and paid for by the Kiowa County Commissioners; all of whom were on hand to thank our Veterans and to recognize the school kids from Eads and Plainview who participated in the art and writing contests.
Just a few days later in that very cold week the theater did it's part in honoring our Veterans by showing the highly acclaimed "Fury" starring Brad Pitt. It is about an American Sherman Tank crew that undertake an impossible assignment deep in Nazi territory in the waning and wet spring of 1945. The movie was absolutely stunning and the finish had us shocked. Then when one realizes that the old men that we know in town who were in World War II or Vietnam faced these exact conditions, fears, and emotions so many years ago. How did they do it? They believed in this country and the wonderful ideals it was founded on....when we start to forget about these ideals one only needs to look at our local Veterans and realize the common man did uncommon things.