Estes Park, Colorado, American Legion Post 119
Joseph J. Duncan, Jr.
American Legion Post 119

Visit: 850 N. St. Vrain Ave. Mail: P.O. Box 127
Estes Park, Colorado 80517
Phone: 970-586-6118    Fax: 970-586-2838
Club Hours of Operation:
Open Daily from 2:00 PM (11:00 AM on Wednesdays) to 9:00 PM.
Open one hour before all Broncos games
We Offer Our Prayers For All Our Troops

Vietnam War Memorial Wall to be on Display at Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado

FORT COLLINS January 23, 2013 – The public is invited to celebrate Memorial Day and honor and commemorate local Vietnam War veterans by visiting the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, which will be on display at the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado, May 23-27.

The traveling wall – only 20 percent smaller than the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. – is the largest reproduction of the landmark memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and carries the names of the 58,261 service members who died in the war. The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be escorted into Fort Collins by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and erected on May 23. The wall, which will be guarded and lighted 24 hours a day, will be open for public viewing through May 27.

The display of the wall will be one of several events scheduled at the Veterans Plaza during the Memorial Day weekend.

  • An authentic Vietnam era Huey Gunship will be on display at the Veterans Plaza from May 23-27.
  • The completed restored Huey is maintained by two U.S. military veterans, both Vietnam helicopter pilots. It has traveled the country and been displayed at events and museums.
  • The Helicopter War Museum will be on location at the Veterans Plaza. The museum, mounted on a 44' trailer, recounts the history of helicopters in the Vietnam War.
  • The annual Memorial Day celebration will be held at noon on Saturday, May 25, and will include:
    Huey helicopter fly-over, music, food vendors, speakers, re-enactors in Vietnam–era uniforms, and vintage vehicles. Lt. Gen. John Thomas Myers, US Army retired, and current adjunct leadership instructor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Tucson, Ariz. will be the keynote speaker.
  • The Veterans Plaza will host a fundraiser on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at the Hideout Patio Bar and Grill, 1903 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins. All veterans and members of the public are invited and money raised will go toward the cost of bringing the wall to the Veterans Plaza and for upkeep of the plaza.

For more information about Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado, to make a donation or sponsor the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, or to download a form for recognition of a veteran, please visit

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American Legion Blue Star Service Banner Program

Estes Park American Legion Post 119 has started a Blue Star Service Banners Program. Blue Star Service Banners are displayed by families who have a loved one serving in the armed forces of the United States. The banner displayed in the front window of a home shows a family’s pride in their loved one serving in the military and reminds others that preserving America’s freedom demands a lot. If an Estes Park area family has a loved one serving in the military, they should contact the American Legion Post and we will present them with a Blue Star Service Banner at a Post meeting to proudly display.

Blue Star BannerThe Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. It quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service.

The blue star represents the family member serving in the armed forces. If that individual is killed or dies while serving, the blue star is superimposed with a gold star. The Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers organizations were established during World War I and remain active today.

Blue Star Service Banners were widely used across America during World Wars I and II, but were not embraced during the Korean or Vietnam wars with the same enthusiasm. The American Legion is rekindling the spirit of pride in our military men and women. Free color downloads are also available at

For more information or to receive a Blue Star Service Banner, contact the American Legion at 970-586-6118.

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