COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (KRDO) – This September 11, veterans in the Colorado Springs area want to continue their mission of service. The Guardians of Palmer Park are partnering with the non-profit military veterans organization “The Mission Continues” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a day of service at Palmer Park.
Military veterans and community members will gather in Palmer Park on Saturday to perform park maintenance, honoring the day by serving their community. The mission continues and Guardians of Palmer Park have organized their “Beyond 9/11: Operation Enduring Service” for the past three years.
“So this year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of September 11 where veterans and community members can come together to complete park beautification projects,” said Tiffani Phillips, platoon leader for TMC Colorado Springs .
After joining the Air Force before the 2001 terrorist attacks, it was deployed to Iraq for about a year. She says she feels the service members felt more united after such a horrific event.
“When I was deployed I felt really supported by the people back home and still do,” Phillips said. “I think it’s something we’ve done as a nation that’s been amazing: to make sure this generation’s veterans are appreciated for their service and that we continue to have organizations like The Mission Continues that help us integrate even after we return to service. our community. “
Phillips and her husband both served in the military and deployed to Afghanistan, now feel their best way to spend the day is to serve the community in which they live.
“Sometimes we struggle when we come out of service truly rooting in our local community and still finding that meaning and being a part of something bigger than ourselves, The Mission Continues fills that gap and enables us to be servants in our community, ”added Phillips.
Organizations will give back to the community by maintaining Palmer Park, one of the city’s long-standing parks.
“We’re going to have crews doing trail work, crews working on illegal trails, people picking up trash, dog droppings and fire mitigation,” said John Hawk of the Guardians. of Palmer Park. “Twenty years later, as a nation, we must unite and honor our veterans, unite and move forward. “
The event starts at 8 am and ends at 2:30 pm; anyone who wishes to join on the day of the service can come to their website. The event will take place at the Marvin J. Urban Youth Camp in Palmer Park.