Memorial Day weekend for most is a time to light up the grill, dip toes in a pool and maybe even enjoy an extra day off of work.
But for many others, this holiday weekend is a time to remember those who have paid the ultimate price.
Ahead of Memorial Day, members of Denver Water’s Veterans Network participated in the Armed Forces Day of Service on May 19, at the Volunteers of America Bill Daniels Veteran Services Center.
“In our community, the third Saturday in May is known as the Armed Forces Day of Service, a day of service to the women and men who have served our country selflessly,” said Sandra Miller, health services manager for Denver Water.
On that day, free services were provided for active duty members of the U.S. armed forces, veterans and their pets. The services included heart health screenings by Denver Public Health, dental educational services and resources provided by the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, counseling provided by the University of Denver School of Military Psychology, and veterinary services for furry companions by veterinary students from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Denver Water’s Veterans Network also volunteered during this event, including the network’s manager and IT senior applications developer, Patrick McCoy.
McCoy grew up in an Army family in a Navy town with a Marine dad. He served in the Air Force during the Desert Storm era from 1989 to 1994.
“Through the Veterans Network, my mission is make veterans aware of the resources available to them and the network of veterans that exists in Denver Water,” said McCoy. “Often having a fellow veteran to tell your story to can mean a lot.”
To celebrate Memorial Day, the Denver Water Veterans Network hosted a special event at the organization’s headquarters to honor those who have died while serving our country. This year’s event featured guest speaker Jonathan Lujan, U.S. Marine and Olympic Skier, who talked about his experiences, struggles, victories and dreams during active duty and as a veteran.