Fort Garland in Costilla County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Costilla County Veterans Memorial
A list of veterans from the Civil War through Operation Desert Shield is engraved on the marker.
Location. 37° 25.56′ N, 105° 25.241′ W. Marker is in Fort Garland, Colorado, in Costilla County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Garland CO 81133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Garland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Garland / Buffalo Soldiers (approx. 0.6 miles away); "The Magic Dog" (approx. 10.6 miles away); On Sacred Ground (approx. 10.6 miles away); Welcome "Caminante" to ... (approx. 10.6 miles away); ... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway (approx. 10.6 miles away); Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition (approx. 10.6 miles away).
Also see . . . August 4th 2012 Veteran's Commemoration Ceremony at Costilla County Veterans Memorial. (Submitted on January 30, 2013.)
The American Legion Post 142 and VFW Post 6101 held a Dedication Ceremony for the T33A "Shooting Star" and a Memorial Stone with the names of the veterans of the county who served their country on 9 August 2008 at the Veteran's Park located 1/2 miles east of Fort Garland.
A ceremony acknowledging the names of veterans buried in all county cemeteries was held as different readers announced the names of the veterans buried in each cemetery. A bell was rang three times after names found in each cemetery were read.
The T33A trainer was first flown on 22 March 1948 and was called tht TF-80C. A year later, it became the T33A. The trainer was modified from the P/F-80 (Shooting Star) jet fighter used in the Korean War.
The plane is on loan to the county together with American Legion Post 142 and VFW Post 6101 will perform the maintenance required by the USAF Museum.
Taps was played with the flags at half staff honoring KIA's, MIA's and POW's that have not yet returned to our country.
After the unveiling of the Memorial Stone, people searched for names of their loved ones. Two or more memorial stones have been purchased and will be installed at a future date and names of veterans who were not on the initial monument will be added at that time.
— Submitted April 1, 2013, by Mary Thurman of Wheelerville,, Missouri.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2013, by Mary Thurman of Wheelerville,, Missouri. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on April 1, 2013, by Mary Thurman of Wheelerville,, Missouri. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2013, by Mary Thurman of Wheelerville,, Missouri. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.