PUEBLO – It was a standing room only crowd for Memorial Day Ceremonies under Pueblo’s Veteran Bridge as people honored the men and woman who have lost their lives in military service for the United States.
This year’s event in Pueblo also recognized Gold Star Mothers, those who have lost a child killed in action.
The parents shared their stories of loss, why their child joined the US armed forces, and how it has impacted them in the years since their death.
“I hit bottom. I survived,” said Tammy Horns who lost her son PFC Christopher Horns. Her son served with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington when he was deployed to Afghanistan. He and 2 other soldiers were killed in October 2011 when their unit was attacked by insurgents using an improvised explosive device.
Horns wore her son’s uniform as she addressed the gathering. “He loved Colorado and he love his county with his entire person,” she recalls. She was just one of the Gold Star Mothers honored in this year’s event.
Pueblo is known as the Home of Heroes due to the fact the Steel City is the hometown of four Congressional Medal of Honor winners. Learn more about Pueblo’s tradition of honoring those who’ve served, here.