By Wayne C. Sundberg

This year, 2011, marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and the 70th observation of the outbreak of World War II. The Fort Collins Senior Center’s annual Cemetery Stroll is celebrating our veterans with this year’s theme, “Valuing Our Veterans: Service and Sacrifice.”

Seven Fort Collins veterans from five of our past wars will be portrayed at their respective burial sites. Two represent the Civil War, John Mandeville, a Union vet, and James Fletcher, a Confederate vet.

Richard Maxfield served during the Spanish American War, and George Beach lost his life in WW I. Two veterans of WW II, Alonso Martinez, who died in Belgium in 1944, and Fran Thompson will be portrayed by actors, as will Stewart Case, who served in both WW II and during the Korean Conflict.

Veterans from Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as all peacetime vets will also be recognized at the event on Saturday, September 17. There will be two presentations, one at 10:00 AM and another at 1:30 PM, at Grandview Cemetery. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for youths 12 and under.

Come to the Stroll and help us honor the service and sacrifices of our service members, past and present!


Wayne C. Sundberg