Five events were held this month at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant to honor employees who served in the armed forces.
“We have such a large military population, currently serving or who have served, and it is such a huge part of their identity and our work culture,” said Amy Sumontha, co-chair, Veterans Day appreciation events. “Considering all the years they served our country, it is important for us to recognize them.”
Col. Christopher Grice, commander, U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, participated in the Nov. 2 recognition ceremony. He thanked the veterans for their service and encouraged them to participate in local events.
“I hope you take the time to participate in events in our patriotic local community and talk about your service,” Col. Grice said. “I was personally influenced by veterans growing up. My grandfather and great uncle were veterans of World War II and my uncle and many friends served in Vietnam and Korea. They influenced me by talking about their service and the importance of defending our nation’s freedoms. You may influence the next generation of patriots who will continue to defend our freedom.”
The five events were held to accommodate employees from all shifts and work locations. The veterans were treated to lunch or dinner, depending upon their shift, and enjoyed a slideshow, which included photographs solicited by the planning committee.
“The slide presentation was a nostalgic collection of our veterans’ photographs and memories. It was compelling to see their rich history, places they traveled and where paths intersected. It brought the veterans closer together,” Sumontha said.