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Colorado Post 1980 continues 30-year

Veterans Day tradition

For 30 years, American Legion Eric V. Dickson Post 1980 in Woodland Park, Colo., has hosted a Veterans Day dinner at a local venue, inviting Teller County veterans, active-duty military, National Guardsmen and reservists, and their family members.

For Post 1980 Commander Dan Williams, cancelling this year’s dinner wasn’t on the table. Because, Williams said, for many of the attendees it’s much more than a dinner.

“This county’s probably got about 6,000 (veterans) in it, which is pretty high for a small county. It’s around 20 percent,” Williams said. “And my experience, and I’ve been the commander there for six years, is that (the Veterans Day dinner) is the one time of the year folks come out of the hills that you never see, that aren’t really super involved in anything. The widows come out, the Gold Star (families) and all that.”

Williams said the event has drawn as many as 500 attendees, but rules regarding large gatherings wouldn’t allow for that this year. So instead of having one large meal, Post 1980 set up two dinners – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – in order to safely continue the tradition.

This year’s event was moved to Shining Mountain Golf Club, where tables were spaced far enough apart for proper social distancing. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines were followed. Williams said that while the post’s American Legion Family traditionally prepares the barbecue meal, this year’s was catered. “We have a vulnerable population,” he said. “We’re right there with our Vietnam vets being 75 and 80 (years old) now. So we wore the masks … and followed all the guidelines.”

Post 1980, Woodland Park, honors Homeless Veteran

On 14 August 2020, Private First Class Winston Randolph Hodges passed away. PFC Hodges was an Army Veteran and served at Fort Riley, KS as a Field Communications Lineman. The American Legion Post 1980 conducted the Post Everlasting memorial service in his honor at Woodland Park Veterans hall. Following that, taps was played and his ashes spread near Catamount Lake in the shadow of Pikes peak. PFC Hodges was homeless and had no family or friends in this area. As there was no next of kin to receive the burial flag, it will be displayed at the Woodland Park Library.

Photos by Cindy Meyer


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