Veterans Day Parade
Several years ago, a small group of patriotic
volunteers formed a non profit organization to host an annual Colorado
Springs Veterans’ Day Parade. Our mission is simple: To honor
all veterans. To educate and inspire community awareness while paying
tribute to the service and sacrifices all veterans have endured in
the pursuit of freedom.
In just this short time, our parade has grown
to be one of the biggest and best in the United States. This has
only been possible because
of the work of hundreds of community volunteers and the generous
financial support of the local business community which covers all
the parade’s costs.
We have rekindled a great tradition where veterans are enthusiastically
cheered as they walk down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs. For that
reason, and because we encourage participation by all veterans, including
those who are not members of a formal organization, veterans come
from all of southern Colorado to participate in the parade.
In addition to presenting the parade, our board
works diligently to educate children of all ages on the sacrifices
our military veterans
have made. We encourage kids to participate in or attend the parade
as a way of saying thank you to our veterans. In 2005, over 500 Boy and Girl Scouts marched or assisted with the parade; five high schools built patriotic floats for the parade and ten high school bands played a musical tribute to our veterans. We also had approximately
40,000 spectators at the parade; many of these were children with
their families, so it appears our efforts to educate today’s
youth are paying off.
The Colorado Springs Veterans’ Day Parade
is entirely funded through donations from local businesses and
It costs approximately $35,000 annually to host. The parade board
does not receive any funding through any government agency and we
do NOT charge veterans to participate; nor do we solicit funds from
their organizations. We are an IRS approved 501c (3) nonprofit organization.
Themes from Previous Parades:
2000 – Korea
2001 – The Purple Heart
2002 – POW / MIA
2003 – Vietnam Veterans: Welcome Home
2004 – Total Force: Active, Guard, and Reserve
2005 – World War II – Tribute to a Generation
2006 – A Nation at War … A Community of Support
2007 – American Heroes – Past, Present and future
2008 – America’s Veterans, We Salute You!
2009 – Veterans – The Unwavering Force
2010 – Veterans, Diverse and Determined
Primary point of contact for the parade
Eileen Howe, Executive Assistant, 719-282-3862, e-mail: