Veterans Week filled with runs, solemn ceremonies

The Veterans Day 5K on the Colorado State University Oval hosted by the Adult Learner and Veteran Services Office and the CSU Student Veteran Organization, November 12, 2011
The Veterans Day 5K on the CSU Oval is set for Saturday.

A busy week for both campus veterans and ROTC students kicks off Friday with the annual Bronze Boot Run, and concludes with the Field of Flags honoring Americans killed in combat.


Bronze Boot Run

The Bronze Boot is the trophy given to the winner of the annual Border War battle between Colorado State University and rival Wyoming. CSU Army ROTC graduate Capt. Jeff Romero donated a boot he wore during the Vietnam War, and the boot was bronzed and mounted.

The Boot has been part of the rivalry since 1968, with Wyoming holding a 24-23 advantage in the series.

The Bronze Boot Run has long been part of the tradition, with the visiting team’s ROTC unit carrying the game ball to the Wyoming-Colorado border, and the host team carrying the ball the remainder of the 65-mile journey.

With this year’s game set for 1 p.m. Saturday in Laramie, the CSU ROTC students will begin the journey Friday morning at Hughes Stadium, completing the 39-mile journey around noon. Following a ceremony at the border, Wyoming ROTC students will carry the ball the remaining 26 miles.


Veterans Day 5K

Put on your running shoes and head to CSU’s historic Oval to participate in the sixth annual Veterans Day 5K, set for 9 a.m. Saturday.

This year’s race is honoring U.S. Army infantryman David A Mitts, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq. Mitts was a friend of several CSU student-veterans.

Over 600 Flags are posted on the Lory Student Center's East Lawn memorializing the 623,000 US soldiers who have died in battle since WWI. November 8, 2011 CSU Photo: 23017_04055
More than 600 flags will be placed on the lawn west of the Lory Student Center in honor of fallen American service members since the Revolutionary War.

Proceeds from the race support scholarships for honorably discharged veterans with military-related disabilities. Race entry is $25 and registration can be done online. Race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on the Oval.

Veterans Day ceremony

The CSU Air Force ROTC unit is sponsoring a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Collins Veterans Plaza, 2626 W. Horsetooth Road. The ceremony will celebrate the replacement of the plaza’s touchscreen monitors, which were destroyed by smoke from the 2012 High Park Fire, and will feature the display of a beam from the World Trade Center.


Veteran Breakfast

The Adult Learner and Veteran Services office is hosting a breakfast for current student and community veterans from 8 a.m. to 10 .m. at the Grey Rock Room in the Lory Student Center. Please RSVP by e-mail to the ALVS office if interested in attending.


National Roll Call

Starting at 8:30 a.m., volunteers will read the names of the more than 4,000 U.S. service members lost during combat since Sept. 11, 2001, in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The event takes place in the Sutherland Sculpture Garden on the west side of the Lory Student Center.

Volunteers rotate reading names approximately every 15 minutes, and everyone is welcome to participate. The roll call takes approximately six hours to complete. A national moment of silence is set for noon MST.

If you wish to read you can register at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, or e-mail the Adult Learner and Veteran Services office at

Field of Flags

The Sullivan Sculpture Garden will be filled with miniature American flags representing U.S. service members lost in combat from the Revolutionary War to today.

The flags will be placed by CSU veterans and other volunteers, and will be on display through Nov. 20.