The sun shone on Commerce City’s 52nd annual Memorial Day Parade, which honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our nation. This year’s grand marhsals were Raymond Brionez, a World War II veteran; Homero Lopez, a Vietnam Veteran; and Arthur Saiz, a veteran who served 36 years in the Army.
Nearly 100 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 Adams City High School JROTC, with Denver Channel 7’s Russell Haythorn serving as master of ceremonies.
Community judges evaluated entries in four categories, with the grand marshals also identifying an award winner. Participants are acknowledged for attending the event, with the following groups to be recognized at the June 6 city council meeting:
Best of Parade Award, recognizing the entry most original in concept, design and presentation keeping with Memorial Day. 1. Adams City High School Marine Corps JROTC Marching Unit 2. Out of Control Car Club 3. Colorado Cushman Club
Most Creative Award, celebrating the best use of imagination and innovation in keeping with Memorial Day. 1. Montbello Drumline 2. 82nd Airborne Division/Rocky Mountain Chapter 3. Northglenn Elks Lodge #2438
Most Patriotic Award, which represented the best depiction honoring our military past, present or future. 1. American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit 1512. Frank J. Carroll/Mountain View Young Marines 3. 82nd Airborne Division/Rocky Mountain Chapter
Community Spirit Award, with the best depiction of life, spirit and pride in Commerce City and Colorado. 1. Alsup Elementary 2. South Adams County Fire Department 3. Girl Scout Troop 1202
Grand Marshals Award, selected by the grand marshals that best represents the overall depiction of Memorial Day. 1. Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #375
The 2017 Memorial Day Parade – the city’s 53rd annual event – will be held Monday, May 29, 2017. More information will be available online at c3gov.com/parade.