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Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum

Nov 06, 2018 03:02PM

November 12 Veterans Day Ceremony Caps Busy Fall for Museum

By Kristen Beckman

The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Broomfield High School Auditorium. The annual ceremony honors and celebrates the service of past veterans and current military personnel with speeches, music, and tributes.

Several hundred residents and visitors are expected to attend the event. The keynote speaker this year is Rick Crandall, a long-time radio host on AM 1430 KEZW and the founder of the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora near Buckley Air Force Base. The memorial is a glass panel structure that features about 6,000 names of Coloradoans killed or missing in action. 

The ceremony comes shortly after the museum marked the passing of its last living founder on Oct. 4. Bob Seeber was one of six veterans who founded the museum more than 15 years ago. Seeber, a World War II veteran and longtime Broomfield resident, joined fellow veterans John Atkinson, Vic Boccard, Paul Murphy, Bob Davenport, and Bill Humphrey to form the museum in 2001. Ed Miccio, a spokesman for the museum, said all six of the museum’s founders were wonderful men and citizens who contributed greatly to their community.

In the years since it opened in the space formerly occupied by the library, the museum has established itself as an important part of the community, commemorating area residents’ contributions to both war and peace through its exhibits as well as its education programs and its outreach in the community.

This summer, the museum expanded into the garden level of its building at 12 Garden Center, allowing it to enlarge its exhibit space on the upper level of the museum. Miccio said the museum plans to use the extra space to expand its Korean and Vietnam War exhibits as well as to add a Cold War exhibit.

Meanwhile, the museum was able to move its resource library, artifact storage, and meeting and education space to the lower level. The new meeting space has been ideal for programs like the museum’s free Coffee & Conversation presentations on Saturday mornings. More than 50 attendees were on hand for a recent Coffee & Conversation presentation given by Eric Cahn, a Holocaust survivor whose parents were imprisoned at Auschwitz while he and his sister were hidden by a French family during World War II. Miccio said the museum has hosted nearly 160 Coffee & Conversation presentations since 2012.

The museum also continues its extensive outreach activities. In September, museum representatives attended the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Teachers Night at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to share with educators the ways it caters to the education community, including sending veterans to speak at schools and providing educational trunks with artifacts and information for students to explore. The museum also participated in Broomfield Days with displays of military vehicles, a World War II cannon and re-enactors as well as activities for kids. 

Coming up at the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum:

Nov. 10:Flint Whitlock talks about the Battle of Anzio during WWII.

Dec. 8:David Barrett talks about the Japanese High Command and the end of WWII in the Pacific.