Veterans Day in Loveland

On most early fall mornings, the streets of Loveland are silent and still with only the sound of a crisp breeze blowing leaves across the pavement. However, come Saturday, November 11, and those quiet streets will echo from 4:00 am until 6:00 am with the ringing of 15 bells by the Associated Veterans of Loveland in celebration of Veterans Day.

This tradition started in Loveland in the mid-1950s to keep the historic moment alive from when bells rang throughout the world, signaling the end of all world wars. At the end of WWI, no one could imagine any war being greater than the one that finally ceased. Loveland is only one of two communities in Colorado who still ring the bells of freedom, bringing the nation’s attention to honor our Veterans’ dedication and sacrifice.

Once the bells have silenced, the annual Veterans Day Parade will start at 11:11 a.m. to honor all the veterans that have served or are currently serving our country. The parade will depart from Railroad Avenue and 4th Street, heading west down 4th to Garfield, north on Garfield to 13th Street, and west on 13th to Dwayne Webster Veterans Park.

The remainder of the day will be filled with meals, ceremonies and memorials to celebrate the courage and bravery exhibited by so many veterans within our nation. A full list of activities and details can be found here.

The Associated Veterans of Loveland’s Post 15 Charter Date was August 12, 1919. They are active in the community by participating and supporting in different events such as highway cleanups, parades, memorials, and clubs. Learn more about the Post 15 here.

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