APPROXIMATELY 85 ENTRIES PARTICIPATED IN 53RD ANNUAL EVENT
More than 80 military units, band, floats, and antique car clubs turned out for Commerce City’s 53rd annual Memorial Day Parade, the state’s largest, to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. Robert Benzel, a Korean War veteran, along with Vietnam veterans Johnny Gallegos, Fernando Serna, and Ernesto Vasquez, all served as the parade’s grand marshals.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter presented the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to this year’s grand marshals at a ceremony before the parade. The lapel pinning ceremony is part of a national program honoring military service members on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served.
Approximately 85 entries representing veterans groups, local community organizations, emergency responders and school districts participated in the parade. This year’s parade was led by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard 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 to be recognized at the city council meeting on June 5.
The 2018 Memorial Day Parade – the city’s 54nd annual event – will be held Monday, May 28, 2018.
Members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard leading Commerce City’s 53rd Annual Memorial Day parade.