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Pikes Peak State College Veterans Day Celebration 2023

Every year, Veterans Day is recognized in the United States on November 11th to honor the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. This is the exact day, time, and hour that signaled the end of World War I. Originally recognized as Armistice Day, congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and in 1938 November 11th became a national holiday. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during wartime or peacetime.

Pikes Peak State celebrates Veterans Day through a week-long series of activities that honor our veterans and our active military while educating others about the history and significance of the day. This year, Pikes Peak State's Veterans Day program will consist of several in person and virtual events throughout the week. Please see below for additional information and to access our virtual events.

2023 Veterans Day Photo Display Part 1:

2023 Veterans Day Photo Display Part 2:


Pikes Peak State Veterans Week 2023

Date: October 30-November 22, Reception: November 3, 5-8pm

Location: Gallery at Studio West 

Description: Pikes Peak State College will host an exhibition of original artwork by regional veterans at the Gallery at Studio West in downtown Colorado Springs. The gallery is open to the public from 8:00am-12:pm and 1:00-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. 

Date: November 1-10

Location: All campus locations

Description: To honor our military and veteran community, Pikes Peak State College will be placing U.S. flags in designated areas at each of our campuses. Help us extend that support for our military and veteran community by placing a small U.S. flag in front of your campus. Flags will be provided to all students, faculty, and staff who wish to participate (for as long as supplies last). 

Centennial Location | Rampart Range Location | Downtown Location | CHES Location

Date: November 6-10

Location: PPSC Center for Healthcare Education & Simulation and Rampart Range Campus 

Description: The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame (CWHF) has been proudly displayed as part of Pikes Peak State College's Veterans Day activities for several years. This year, the CWHF celebrates its 37th anniversary honoring and preserving the accomplishments of Colorado women veterans who have made significant contributions to the state, nation, and world. 

Date: November 6-10

Location: All campus locations

Description: Military and Veterans Programs has gathered photos of veterans from the greater Pikes Peak community. These photos will be shown as a photo display on the monitor displays on each of our campus locations. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos.

Date: November 6-10

Description: Pikes Peak State College is publishing the 4th Edition of the SITREP Magazine for Veterans Day 2023. SITREP is Pikes Peak State's literary arts journal. Showcase your poetry, photography, fiction, non-fiction, and other creative works. All submissions are welcome whether you are military or veteran affiliated or not. You can email submissions to SITREP@pikespeak.edu by November 1. 

Date & Time: November 9 | 1:30pm

Location: Rampart Range Learning Commons 

Description: Come listen to veterans and others talk about their experiences. The focus this year is on the first battle for Fallujah. 

Date & Time: November 10 | 11:00am

Location: Centennial Campus Veterans Memorial Courtyard 

Description: This is a day to celebrate and reflect upon the contributions that our veterans have made to our country. We gather to remember all veterans - living and deceased. These brave men and women stepped up the call of service to their country and will always be remembered in our hearts. 

This is our traditional wreath laying ceremony put on by Pikes Peak State's Student Veterans Organization. 

Following the wreath laying, there will be a cake cutting honoring the 248th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Date: November 6-10

Description: We have several other virtual museums and events listed below. Please take some time to learn more about these great organizations. 

Virtual Veterans Day Events

Come and do a "Fly-by" of the Peterson SFB Aviation Museum - from your own computer. 

Take a tour of the Peterson Aviation Museum 

Right outside the gates of our main campus - Centennial, sits Fort Carson and it's 4th Infantry Division. 

Take a step into history and learn about the 4th Infantry Division

The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame (CWHF) has been proudly displayed as part of PPCC's Veterans Day activities for several years. This year, the CWHF celebrates its 37th anniversary honoring and preserving the accomplishments of Colorado women who have made significant contributions to the state, nation, and world.

Explore the history of CWHF military trailblazers and take a virtual tour of the CWHF  using the links below!

CWHF Military Trailblazers 

Take a tour of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame 

Here is an opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to the Steelworks of the West - the "Steel that Built the West". Goods that came from the mines and factories of the great state of Colorado have supported our Veterans in all wars of the 20th Century. SO, take a short walk back into the history of Colorado. 

Step back in time and visit the Steelworks

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  • Support your local veteran owned business. See https://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/co/el-paso
  • Consider sending a letter or a package to our service members serving overseas. You can find out how to do this by visiting: http://www.anysoldier.com/ (This is not just for soldiers – you will find links for all services on this website).
  • If you have young children, talk to them about why we have this national holiday. To learn more, visit the DOD website to learn 5 Facts about Veterans Day that may be fun to share with your family.
AWI T-shirt
Remember Everyone Deployed (RED) t-shirts are on sale through MVP on behalf of the American Warrior Initiative (AWI). Each t-shirt costs $22 to draw attention to the 22 Veteran suicides per day. 100% of the sale will go to AWI - there is no overhead cost and every penny goes back to a Veteran in some way. 

T-shirts can be purchased at the MVP Centennial Office, located in the C Building. We can accept cash or check as payment (if paying by check, please make it out to AWI), or you can use your credit card over the phone (assistance available at Centennial C222). 

The Colorado Springs Chapter of AWI has donated over $40,000 for Pikes Peak State military and veteran students in CTE short-term scholarships. Sales like these help fund donations to Pikes Peak State for our military and veteran students. 

Visit the American Warrior Initiative website for more information. Please keep in mind, any donations made to this site will go to the national fund, not the Colorado Springs Chapter.
LEA Charity Project

Law Enforcement Academy Charity Project

The 2023 Fall Law Enforcement Academy is collecting monetary and new toy or book donations for a college-wide gift to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. This is a national fund-raising event the Marine Corps Reserve conducts and has donated millions of toys to children in need. Our Fall Day Academy is participating in No-Shave November in exchange for monetary or toy gifts. We will be collecting toys and books outside of A-152 throughout the month of November and monetary donations can be dropped of in the name of Toys for Tots in F-300.

Veterans Day - How you can show your support

Please consider helping local veterans through a donation to your favorite organization. If you don't have a favorite veteran serving organization consider one of the two below. Pikes Peak State/DMVP is a partner agency with both Mt. Carmel and the Homefront Military Network. 

Click on the title to learn more and donate. 

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center: 
Mt. Carmel's mission is to collaborate with community partners providing best practices in transition and wellness services for Veterans, Military, and their Families by delivering expertise, resources, space and sustainability.  

Homefront Military Network (HFMN):
HFMN's mission is to connect military service members, veterans and their families to resources offered by our trusted community partners and to provide emergency financial assistance. 

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