10th Mountain to honor fallen soldierspast and present on Memorial Day | SummitDaily.com

10th Mountain to honor fallen soldierspast and present on Memorial Day

Daily News staff report

For the 46th consecutive year the “greatest generation” surviving veterans of Colorado’s famous 10th Mountain Division will gather on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at their World War II Memorial Monument to honor their fallen comrades and the men of the current 10th Mountain Division who have been lost in combat.

The monument is located at the summit of Tennessee Pass on Highway 24 between Leadville and Minturn.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The guest of honor and principal speaker will be Col. Kevin Wilkerson, until recently a brigade commander in Afghanistan with the current 10th Mountain Division (Light). He is now on the Army staff in the Pentagon.

Military support will be provided by soldiers of the 10th Special Forces (Airborne) from Fort Carson.

A delegation of the current 10th from Fort Drum, N.Y., will participate.

The 10th Mountain Division was created in Colorado in 1943 and trained at Camp Hale near where the monument is located.

It was the only unit in the history of the Army to be organized specifically for mountain and winter warfare. The highly regarded 10th played a major role in the battles that brought about the surrender of the German army in Italy.

Because of the closing of Highway 24 from Minturn south for repairs of the Red Cliff bridge, take Highway 91 from Copper Mountain to Leadville, then north on 24 to Tennessee Pass.

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