Obituaries

William Lamphere
B: 1945-03-27
D: 2017-07-22
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Lamphere, William
June Clarke
B: 1932-07-11
D: 2017-07-21
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Clarke, June
Joan Christensen
B: 1936-01-04
D: 2017-07-21
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Christensen, Joan
Emma Fletcher
B: 1926-04-30
D: 2017-07-20
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Fletcher, Emma
David Givan
B: 1934-04-15
D: 2017-07-19
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Givan, David
Linde Seider
B: 1936-10-09
D: 2017-07-19
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Seider, Linde
Cynthia Latke
B: 1966-02-28
D: 2017-07-17
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Latke, Cynthia
Helen Cope
B: 1922-01-28
D: 2017-07-16
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Cope, Helen
Cindy Shelstad
B: 1959-03-12
D: 2017-07-13
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Shelstad, Cindy
Joseph Sheridan
B: 1939-03-29
D: 2017-07-13
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Sheridan, Joseph
David Raque
B: 1967-03-18
D: 2017-07-12
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Raque, David
Melva Childers
B: 1915-12-04
D: 2017-07-11
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Childers, Melva
Herbert Swing
B: 1926-03-08
D: 2017-07-09
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Swing, Herbert
Dorsey Templeton
B: 1932-02-15
D: 2017-07-08
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Templeton, Dorsey
David Clayburn
B: 1979-09-05
D: 2017-07-07
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Clayburn, David
Eileen Lett
B: 1951-01-31
D: 2017-07-06
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Lett, Eileen
Patsy Valdez
B: 1944-02-25
D: 2017-07-05
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Valdez, Patsy
Joan Reilly
B: 1936-04-23
D: 2017-07-05
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Reilly, Joan
Howard Henderson
B: 1923-11-13
D: 2017-07-02
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Henderson, Howard
Ashley Wilson
B: 1988-11-15
D: 2017-07-02
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Wilson, Ashley
Ruth Huisenga
B: 1930-09-25
D: 2017-07-01
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Huisenga, Ruth

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Veterans Honor Court

A memorial to the deceased.  A tribute to those still serving.

Honoring the dedication of living military members and memorialization of deceased veterans is an American tradition of recognizing the men and women who serve to preserve our country’s freedom.  
 
The Veterans Honor Court at the Shrine of Remembrance is a uniquely distinctive place of tribute to military veterans and their spouses who shared in the burden of their loyal service.  The majestic 25-foot Memorial Wall at Shrine of Remembrance features beautiful war theater memorials to honor those who serve and have served our country in military uniform.
 
The Veterans Walls of the Veterans Honor Court contain individual bronze plaques naming the veterans, and often their spouse, so they will be forever honored.  The individually cast perpetual bronze plaques include the veteran’s name and a raised emblem of the branch of the Armed Forces in which the veteran served.  Often the plaques are obtained prior to a veteran’s death and are mounted on the wall as a living tribute to the veteran and their service to our nation.
 
 
Veterans Honor Court Memorial Wall
Overview of the Veterans Honor Court Memorial Wall, located in the Garden of Angels Mausoleum at the Shrine of Remembrance.  Detailed images of each memorial and any corresponding literature may be found below by clicking on the images.
 
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Space Shuttle Memorial
The Space Shuttle Memorial honors all astronauts who have perished in space missions.
Dedicated by Apollo 15 Astronaut James B. Irwin on May 25, 1987
Dedication Plaques
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Dedicated by General John L. Piotrowski (USAF) on May 29, 1989
Dedication Plaque
 
Read the program from the dedication ceremony.
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POW-MIA Memorial
Dedicated by Governor Roy Romer and General Donald J. Kutyna (USAF) on May 28, 1990
Dedication Plaque
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Persian Gulf War / Desert Storm Veterans Memorial
Dedicated by Lieutenant General Calvin A. H. Waller (USA) and Senator Hank Brown on May 25, 1992
Dedication Plaque
 
Read the program from the dedication ceremony.
 
Read the dedication letter from then President George Bush.
Read the Resolution regarding the Persian Gulf War / Desert Storm Memorial.
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50th Anniversary of World War II Memorial, 1944–1994
Dedication Plaque
 
World War II Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery
Upon learning of the World War II memorial, the Department of Defense requested a second casting for display in the Washington, D.C. area. That plaque was dedicated on February 17, 1995, and was displayed at the Visitors Center of Arlington National Cemetery for one year.  It then was permanently placed in the Trophy Room near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The World War II Memorial plaque at Arlington National Cemetery’s Visitors Center. From left: Ret. Colonel Jim Rix, then Director of Military and Veterans Affairs for the Shrine of Remembrance and Costas Rombocos, CEO of Shrine of Remembrance.
 
WWII memorial plaque designating Shrine of Remembrance as an official commemoration facility.
 
Read the program from the dedication ceremony.
 
Read the World War II Memorial Interpretation.
 
Read the Commendation letter and Resolution regarding the 50th Anniversary of World War II Memorial
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Iwo Jima Memorial
Dedicated by Colonel James M. Naylor (USMC) on May 30, 1994
Dedication Plaque
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Black Horse Regiment Memorial 11th Armored Cavalry Memorial
Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, 716 Lost But Never Forgotten
Dedicated by Lieutenant Colonel Harold A. Fritz (USA) on July 9, 1994
Dedication Plaque
 
Read the program from the dedication ceremony.
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11th Armored Cavalry "The Black Horse Regiment" of the United States Army
M60A3 Memorial Tank
Dedicated by Brigadier General Leroy Goff, (USA) and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia on Memorial Day 1995
Located at Shrine of Remembrance, East of the Chapel Mausoleum
 
Members who have been awarded the Medal of Honor
 
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4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
Dedicated by Major General Thomas A. Schwartz on May 29, 1995
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Korean War Veterans Memorial
Dedicated by Major General John M. Pickler (USA) and Korean War Veterans Association, Dutch Nelson Chapter on May 27, 1996
Dedication Plaque
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50th Anniversary of United States Air Force Memorial, 1947–1997
(Other castings of this memorial are located at Peterson Air Force Base Museum
and the United States Air Force Academy)
Dedicated by General Howard M. Estes III (USAF) on May 26, 1997
Dedication Plaque
 
Read the program from the dedication ceremony.
 
Read the Resolution regarding the 50th Anniversary of United States Air Force Memorial.
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Women of the United States Armed Forces Memorial
Dedicated by Brigadier General Sally Ann Eaves (USAF)
Commander Jill Brown (USN)
Mrs. Wilbur (Jean) Zaudtke (USMC Women Reserves)
Lieutenant Colonel I. Sherm Connolly (USA, Retired)
and Mrs. Kendra Marshall (Military Wife)
on May 29, 2000
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PFC Floyd Kenneth Lindstrom
Medal of Honor Plaque dedicated May 28, 2012
Read more HERE.
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The “Old Glory Flag Pole” in front of the Honor Wall is a landmark in Colorado Springs.  Rising 120 feet above the gardens, taller than any other in the state, the flag pole can be seen from much of the city, both day and night.  At the base of the flag pole is a bronze cast of the epic poem “Old Glory” and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Memorial. The “Old Glory Flag Pole” was dedicated in 1987 by Congressional Medal of Honor winner SFC William Crawford.
 
Longtime Colorado Springs residents may recall that in the past, on special holidays, such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day, a giant “Holiday American Flag” was raised, replacing the “Garrison” flag normally flown throughout the year.  The special holiday flag was 50 by 30 feet, approximately the size of a 5-story building.  The raising of the larger “holiday flag” was a community event, often involving well-known organizations and civic leaders.