Colorado State University - Pueblo to dedicate SE Asia Memorial at Vet’s Day celebration

Colorado State University - Pueblo to dedicate SE Asia Memorial at Vet’s Day celebration

PUEBLO –The city-wide Veteran’s Day Celebration at Colorado State University-Pueblo will include aircraft flyovers, comments by Medal of Honor Recipient Drew Dix, as well as a ribbon cutting for the newly refurbished and expanded Southeast Asia Memorial. The Veteran’s Day celebration will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Southeast Asia Memorial on campus, which was originally dedicated in 1969 to honor Pueblo County and Southern Colorado State College (SCSC) soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam/Southeast Asia conflict.

The expanded memorial will include the 623 names of all Colorado service men and women who were killed in the war, including SCSC and CSU-Fort Collins alumni. This expansion reflects the growth of the University to include students, not just from Pueblo County, but the entire state.  At a cost of more than $86,000, the renovated memorial will feature new commemorative black granite stone slabs engraved with gold lettering of the names of the fallen by service branch. The memorial also will include contemplative benches on the outer periphery as well as addition of flora and lighting.

Pueblo County Commissioner Col. Jeff Chostner will serve as emcee of the event, which also will recognize Vietnam and World War II Veterans. Representatives from various veterans organizations will lay wreaths to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country. CSU-Pueblo will be represented by comments from Interim President Julio Leon, Associated Students’ Government President Isaiah McGregory, and ASG and ROTC member Adrienn Halland as well as music by the CSU-Pueblo Chorale, directed by Dana Ihn. The ceremony also will include a POW/MIA ceremony. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Occhiato University Center (OUC).

Parking will be available in lots east of the Fountain Plaza and northeast of the OUC.

In May, 1967, the Pueblo Junior Chamber of Commerce (also known as the Jaycees) sought and gained the cooperation of SCSC college officials and its student body to raise funds from the private sector to construct a 30-square foot granite and concrete structure to give recognition to the service men and women who died in the Vietnam conflict. CSU-Pueblo was chosen as the site because of the future growth expected at the institution and to guarantee the memorial a permanent location. The monument, which is located at the northeast corner of the University Library, provides a base for a 80-foot-high flagpole and now is inscribed with the names of 70 Pueblo County men and women  -- nine of whom were SCSC alumni --  from all branches of service who lost their lives. More than 58,000 Americans died in that conflict. The names of the fallen were engraved on two stone tablets, including the age, branch of service, and the date of death.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.