For forty-two years, The Aurora Chamber of Commerce has joined with the business community to recognize and honor American service members assigned to units in the Aurora and Denver Metro area through the Annual Armed Forces Recognition Luncheon. This prestigious event, sponsored by Colorado Technical University and coordinated by the Chamber’s Defense Council, recognizes the growing number of active duty service members in the area. It also reaches out to those who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
The luncheon includes an award ceremony for our Military Persons of the Year—12 individuals who have been selected by their service branches for their outstanding achievements during the past year. We have also have a category for our Commonwealth Partners. Additionally, we recognize a member of the community who has contributed significantly to building greater understanding and support of the military with the Bob Cardenas Award.
“This luncheon is our way of recognizing members of the armed forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard—throughout Northern Colorado including the Denver-Aurora area,” said Chamber President Kevin Hougen. “They make a great contribution to our community and to our nation.”
“This event would not be possible without the tremendous support we receive each year from our community,” said Ron Cole, Chair of the Chamber’s Defense Council. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the civilian community to say thank you to the men and women in uniform for their service and sacrifice. I am truly honored to be part of this event and would like to thank everyone who helps make it happen.”
Nearly 600 people attend the luncheon including around 250 uniformed guests from military organizations throughout the area. Nominees for the Military Persons of the Year are chosen by their units and the twelve winners represent active duty, commonwealth partners, National Guard, and Reserve components from all the services.
The 2018 Armed Forces Recognition Luncheon will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Denver, 3203 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207 on May 4, 2018. Doors open at 11 a.m. A formal flag ceremony kicks off the luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Keynote speaker for the luncheon is Brigadier General (retired) Ron Huntley – http://www.af.mil/About-Us/