All Colorado military veterans and their families are invited to a special tribute evening at History Colorado on March 19 from 6-9 PM. The event will feature special guest and former Secretary of the Veterans Administration, Col. (retired) Jim Nicholson, and performances by the world renowned USO Show Troupe. HCC wants to recognize the sacrifice and service of all Colorado veterans and their families, especially Vietnam War veterans.
“We are so excited to host this evening to convey long overdue and heartfelt gratitude to our Vietnam veterans as well as all of Colorado’s military vets who have served our country with courage and honor,” says Ed Nichols, president and CEO of History Colorado. “We are asking all news media outlets and veterans service organizations to help us spread the word about this event and encourage all to come and allow us to thank them for their service.”
Special guest speaker, Jim Nicholson, himself a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, will pay tribute to all veterans and families in attendance. Nicholson is an attorney, real estate developer, and a former Republican Party chairman. He was the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs from January 26, 2005 until October 1, 2007. He was a paratrooper and Ranger-qualified Army officer. He fought in the Vietnam War, where he earned the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and two Air Medals. After 30 years of military service he retired in 1991 with the rank of Colonel. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Graduate Award by the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The highly popular USO Show Troupe is part of an entertainment tradition that goes back more than 70 years to its beginnings in the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific. Today, the pride and passion that fueled that early music lives on through the USO Show Troupe. Performing live annually for more than 600,000 troops and family members worldwide and nationally televised audiences, the USO Show Troupe presents top of the line entertainment with performers possessing extensive Broadway, Off-Broadway, film and TV credits. Performances are produced in collaboration with Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winning writers, arrangers, and choreographers, and costumes are designed and created by Broadway costume designers and internationally recognized fashion designers. The Troupe will perform two special shows during the evening of March 19.
To access the online invitation and RSVP, please go to:
Salute Our Military Veterans
History Colorado welcomes all U.S. veterans and their families for an evening of fun and tribute to all they have given America to preserve our way of life.
History Colorado, a Smithsonian Affiliate, inspires generations to find wonder andmeaning in our past and to engage in building a better Colorado. Find us on Facebook.com/HistoryColorado and on Twitter@HistoryColorado. For more information visit www.HistoryColorado.org or call 303-866-3670 to RSVP for the Veterans Salute Event. History Colorado is located at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203.