The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club in conjunction with The Greatest Generations Foundation formally saluted World War II veterans from the Pacific Theater prior to Sunday's game with the Vancouver Canucks in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“We’re happy to be able to have this group here on this very important day,” said Deb Dowling, Vice President of Community Relations for Kroenke Sports Enterprises. “It’s a small amount of recognition that we know goes a long ways in honoring this very special group of individuals.”
The Avalanche played host to over 40 veterans including one of Colorado’s three surviving Pearl Harbor veterans, Mr. Lou Weltzer. While serving with the Marine Corps’ First Division on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania 67 years ago, Mr. Weltzer witnessed the attack from a dock at Pearl Harbor. He was escorted on the ice tonight by the Color Guard from the Evergreen Legion Post prior to the U.S. and Canadian national anthems.
“We’re so fortunate to have the support of the Colorado Avalanche, Altitude Sports & Entertainment and Kroenke Sports Enterprises,” said Timothy Davis, President and founder of The Greatest Generations Foundation. “This event means so much to our veterans who really enjoy the outpouring of attention they get during their visits to Pepsi Center.”
The Greatest Generations Foundation, (www.tggf.us) a registered 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization based in Denver, has as part of its primary mission the funding of remembrance trips that take veterans back to their battlefields. In addition, TGGF is involved in initiating educational programs to ensure that the full measure of veterans’ sacrifices and devotion is remembered.