In honor of Veterans Day, the American Red Cross will unveil gigantic “thank you” banners for the public to sign with messages of gratitude and support on Friday, Nov. 9, on the 16th Street Mall in Denver.
The event kicks off the annual Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program in the Denver area.
Holiday Mail for Heroes is a nationwide Red Cross program that enables the public to send a “touch of home” in the form of holiday greeting cards that the American Red Cross will distribute to active duty military, veterans and their families during the holiday season.
Giant Thank-You Banner Signing on the 16th Street Mall
WHEN: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9
WHERE: In front of Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 16th and Curtis Street, Denver
VISUALS: Members of the public signing a giant thank-you “card” in the form of a banner; Red Cross volunteers will hand out free coffee for veterans and active duty military
“The Red Cross has a deep history of providing physical and emotional support for servicemen and women, and was founded on the need for a neutral organization to assist people injured on the battlefield,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Region. “These Veterans Day events remind us of our roots in service to the armed forces and offer an opportunity to reiterate that we continue to actively serve the men and women who so bravely serve our country.”
Today, the services provided by the Red Cross look different but are no less important: the Red Cross provides thousands of emergency communications between deployed military and their families back home; helps to prepare troops for their deployment as well as post-deployment challenges; helps support military families while their loves ones are overseas; and visits members of the military in V.A. hospitals.
Holiday Mail for Heroes Continues Through Dec. 7
Through December 7, the public is invited to send holiday greetings to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, and sort, package, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays.
Coloradans can create and/or drop off holiday cards at local events hosted in Colorado, or cards can be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Cards must be postmarked no later than December 7. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.
Nov. 11: Brown Palace Champagne Cascade Honors Veterans, Supports Red Cross Service to Armed Forces
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa will host its 25th annual Champagne Cascade at noon on Sunday, November 11, when a master swordsman will use saber to sever the bottle necks of Champagne bottles that will be poured into the uppermost glass of the two-story, 6,000-glass pyramid. This year’s toast will honor U.S. veterans, offering several ways for the community to thank the servicemen and women this Veteran’s Day.
A VIP experience is available for $75 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter Service to the Armed Forces program. To make reservations for VIP viewing, please call (303) 294-3618 or visit www.brownpalace.com to purchase a ticket.
Guests joining the celebration can also express their gratitude to veterans through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program; Special holiday cards will be available in the lobby of The Brown Palace throughout the event to send seasonal greetings to veterans and current members of the military serving at home and overseas.
Contact: Patricia Demchak Billinger,
Regional Communications Director
Cell: 303-880-4012 | Patricia.Billinger@redcross.org
Tim Bothe, Regional Service to the Armed Forces Manager
Phone: (303) 607-4785 Cell: (303) 563-9473