A sunny day and warm greetings welcomed military connected families and community members alike to D49’s 3rd Annual Military Family Appreciation Day.
Some visitors to the April 27 event stopped to let their kids take a turn in the bounce house, or grab a snow cone from the Kona Ice truck set up in the front courtyard of Sand Creek High School.
Inside SCHS local businesses and vendors spread out in the commons and gym offering information on their products or educational opportunities.
“We just registered and went to orientation for my five-year-old,” said CW2 Jacob Burleson. Burleson wandered through the crowd with his young son, visiting the display staffed by a team from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
“I don’t see many folks do this, so this is nice to see,” Burleson shared. “It helps my wife out and gives the kids something to do. Hopefully she can meet someone here friends wise and just be able to link up with them.”
The event began with an opening ceremony featuring the National Anthem, presentation of colors and Service Branch recognition by the SCHS JrROTC. At midday, visitors paused for a brief service to recognize two D49 alumni who were killed in action while serving in the U.S. military.
“We want our visitors to know, our military community to know, that we are here to support them,” said Melissa Dashner, D49’s military student transition consultant.
Military appreciation day followed a Purple Up Day earlier in the week which invited D49 staff, students and families to wear purple to show their support for military connected students. Paired with the event for families at SCHS, Dashner believes D49 is sharing a clear message.
“This lets all the other community know that we’re banding together for our military community and we’re here for them for anything they need,” Dashner said.