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.
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.
- Best of Parade Award, recognizing the entry most original in concept, design and presentation keeping with Memorial Day.
- The Caparisoned Project
- Rocky Mountain Base Submarine Veterans
- Military Order of the Purple Hearts Chapter #375
- Most Creative Award, celebrating the best use of imagination and innovation in keeping with Memorial Day.
- American Legion Post and Auxiliary 151
- Northglenn Elks 2438
- Lilly Farms
- Most Patriotic Award, which represented the best depiction honoring our military past, present or future.
- United States Air Force Honor Guard
- The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Chapter 39
- Young at Heart Balloon Art
- Community Spirit Award, with the best depiction of life, spirit and pride in Commerce City and Colorado.
- El Jezebel Shrine Center
- Colorado PT Cruiser Club
- Grand Marshals Award selected by the grand marshals that best represents the overall depiction of Memorial Day.
- Chanticleer Music Band from Ord High School in Ord, Kansas
The 2018 Memorial Day Parade – the city’s 54nd annual event – will be held Monday, May 28, 2018.