A tradition in the making

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Toby Montoya in as featured speaker for second annual Wounded Warrior Walk

By Gene Sears

Taking steps toward establishing a worthy tradition, the Fort Lupton American Legion is sponsoring the second annual Wounded Warrior Walk, May 18. The walk proceeds go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project, a national effort to help meet the requirements of injured veterans whose needs may not be covered by insurance or benefits.
    Last year’s event raised $4,500, from a total of 67 walkers. Based on that figure and the newness of the walk to Fort Lupton at that time, organizers hope to double the number of walkers and the proceeds, aiming at $10,000 for the cause.
    “Last year, since it was the first year, they didn’t have a lot of people working it,” Melissa Lopez said. “It was so fresh, there wasn’t a lot of word of mouth or as much advertisement. That’s the reason we are expecting a better year, and wanting to double it. There is more people involved, more people on the committee, more people spreading the word.”

    On the morning of May 18, the walkers meet up at the Legion, where registration takes place and the collection of donations.
    “The walk itself starts at 9,” Lopez said. “It’s pretty much a walk through town, and they take a break at the Fort Lupton Library. Then the walk continues on to the Fort Lupton Cemetery. This year, they will have someone from the Wounded Warrior project who actually benefits from the project and all of the donations and everything that goes toward the cause
    There will also be a stop at the Tastee Freeze in Fort Lupton, where Lopez said proprietor Bruce Davis will provide walkers with another chance to rest and sample a free cone. The walk comes full circle back to the Legion, where food, fun and entertainment welcome the weary walkers. 
    “It’s a good chance for everyone to advertise and get involved,” Lopez said. “Everyone knows someone who is either a vet or in the military, and personally involved.”
    To obtain a registration packet and become involved, contact the Legion in person, or by contacting the following:
    — Bruce Taylor, Commander of Legion Post 102, 303-857-2468
    — Sheena Taylor, President of the Ladies Auxiliary, 720-224-3788
    For those wishing to send a donation, please write checks to American Legion Post #102, 942 Denver Ave., Fort Lupton, CO, 80621. Please be sure the check is noted for the Wounded Warriors Walk.

Contact Staff Writer Gene Sears at gsears@metrowestnewspapers.com.