Pikes Peak National Cemetery
Pikes Peak National Cemetery has been two decades in the making was dedicated May 25, 1980. The ½-square mile (1.5-square kilometer) Pikes Peak National Veterans Cemetery is expected to accept its first burials in October. The property is currently pastureland and has a view of Cheyenne Mountain and Pikes Peak.
The fight of Retired Army Col. Vic Fernandez and Colorado’s Congressional delegation lobbied for two-decades for a cemetery to honor the Pikes Peak Region’s dead and keep their memories alive.
Cemetery director Paul LaGrange served in the U.S. Army for 33 years of combined active duty and reserve service both as an enlisted soldier and a commissioned officer. He will speak on the future plans of the cemetery including the Zebulon Pike Chapter’s planned monument.