Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
TRINIDAD — Citizens from the southern Colorado town of Trinidad honored Fort Carson Soldiers and military veterans at the unveiling of the Veterans Park Memorial and during an Armed Forces Day Parade, Saturday.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, joined by actor and musician Gary Sinise, and World War II and Korean War veterans from the Trinidad community, unveiled the memorial.
“Congratulations to all of you for pulling this off,” Anderson said. “The way you honor your veterans is phenomenal. Thank you all for the partnership, support and cooperation you share with us.”
Anderson also expressed his gratitude for the gathered veterans, acknowledging their contributions to the security and history of the nation.
“Thank all of you for your service to our country,” he said. “Thanks to all of you for setting the example for all of us in the military today, because everything we do today is to follow in your footsteps.”
After the ceremony, the people of Trinidad gathered on Main Street to celebrate the community’s 2nd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade, in which Anderson and Sinise were guests of honor.
Sinise accompanied Anderson to Trinidad as part of his visit to Fort Carson, where he performed with the Lt. Dan Band for Soldiers later that evening (see story on Page 15).
Soldiers assigned to Company A, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., and the Ivy Division Band also marched in the parade, representing Fort Carson.
“It is an honor to be in the presence of so many great Americans who served their country — from World War II veterans to those who are serving today,” Sinise said. “It is my pleasure to support this event and to support all of you. God bless all of you.”
Following the parade, the Trinidad community gathered at Miners Memorial Park, where the Soldiers displayed military vehicles and local children tried on different articles of personal protective equipment Soldiers use in training and in combat.