We, the undersigned, are asking the Mayor and City Council Members of the City of Cripple Creek, Colorado to please continue to support and keep the annual Salute to American Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek. We are also asking that the City continue to financially sponsor this event as was agreed upon in 2009.
For nearly 30 years, on the third weekend in August, Veterans, riders and patriots have gathered in Cripple Creek to thank and show support for our American men and women who have served and who are still serving in the United States Armed Forces. This rally has great importance on many levels.
First and foremost is how important and meaningful this event is for our Veterans. Suicide among Veterans is at an all time high, patriotism is under attack, and the fact that we still have thousands of troops deployed overseas is being forgotten. It is of utmost importance to let our Veterans, as well as our active duty military members, know that their service for our country is appreciated and is not forgotten.
For many of the Rally attendees, this is an opportunity to gather with fellow Vets and talk about their nightmares or their traumas without scrutiny or criticism. For two or three days, they sleep in peace. It is also a chance for them to reconnect with friends old and new.
For the citizen attendees, this is an opportunity to truly show our love, support and gratitude for those who served our country. It is also a time for us to honor those who never made it home.
The Salute to American Veterans Rally is also important to so many local Veterans organizations that are recipients of the proceeds from the event. Those monies then go to help local Vets in need.
Lastly, this event is economically important to the City of Cripple Creek coming in the way of lodging taxes, sales tax revenue from vendors and local businesses, and gaming revenue.
We again ask respectfully that the City of Cripple Creek keep the Salute to American Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek.
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