The sun shone on Commerce City’s 51st annual Memorial Day Parade last week, which honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our nation. Albert Amador, Jr., a Korean War veteran, and Sergeant Major Jeffery Polliard, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, served as the parade’s grand marshals.
Approximately 120 entries representing veterans groups, local community organizations and emergency responders and school districts participated in this year’s event. This year’s parade was led by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard from Andrews Air Force Base, with FOX 31’s Greg Nieto serving as master of ceremonies.
Community judges evaluated entries in four categories, with the grand marshals also identifying an award winner. Participants were acknowledged for attending the event, with the following groups recognized at tonight’s city council meeting:• Best of Parade Award, recognizing the entry most original in concept, design and presentation keeping with Memorial Day. 1. 82nd Airborne Division 2. Young Marines 3. USO Denver
• Most Creative Award, celebrating the best use of imagination and innovation in keeping with Memorial Day. 1. Girl Scout Troop 1202 2. Alsup Elementary 3. Skid Marks Bike Club
• Most Patriotic Award, which represented the best depiction honoring our military past, present or future. 1. Air Force Honor Guard 2. 82nd Airborne 3. Young Marines
• Community Spirit Award, with the best depiction of life, spirit and pride in Commerce City and Colorado. 1. Commerce City Youth Commission 2. Alsup Elementary 3. Girl Scout Troop 1202
• Grand Marshals Award, selected by the grand marshals that best represents the overall depiction of Memorial Day. 1. Young Marines
The 2016 Memorial Day Parade – the city’s 52nd annual event – will be held Monday, May 30, 2016. More information will be available online at c3gov.com/parade.