Stanko: Pack city hall Tuesday

On Tuesday, the city of Steamboat Springs is being honored as being “The Most Veteran-Friendly Little City in Colorado.” The City Council will recognize this award with a proclamation at 5 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

This designation as a veteran-friendly city comes from Employment Support for Guard and Reserve, which is part of the Department of Defense. This award is to recognize all veterans who make Steamboat Springs their home and the many businesses and organizations that support and recognize the sacrifice they have made to serve our nation.

Steamboat Springs has a long history of young men and women from World War I to the present who have served in all branches of the Armed Forces. Many of these, along with others, choose to return to Steamboat Springs and make this community not only their home, but to make it a better place for all of use to live in.

Over the years, veterans have served as mayors, town council and city council members, county commissioners and leaders in civic organizations and youth organizations. They have run successful businesses and volunteered countless hours to make events happen, all without seeking special recognition. Now, they will have that recognition.

This award is also to recognize all the businesses and organizations that, through the years, have not only recognized our veterans, but have hired them and given them the opportunity to live in this great community. It is to recognize the parents and families who are currently sacrificing and supporting their sons and daughters who are currently serving.

Being designated as a veteran-friendly city gives our younger generation of veterans and future generations of veterans the knowledge that they can return to Steamboat Springs and make this where they want to raise their families and realize their dreams.

It would be great if as many veterans as possible, business owners who support veterans and families of those currently serving would pack City Hall at 5 p.m. Tuesday to show City Council and the state of Colorado that we are truly a “Veteran-Friendly City.”

Jim Stanko

ESGR area chairman

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