Thanks so much for the opportunity to take part in such an extraordinary event! The 24th Salute to American Veterans Rally and Festival was truly inspirational and I won't soon forget the experience, the people I met and the friends that I made this weekend. The sight of so many American Patriots supporting our POW/MIA's and veterans was humbling. The stirring speeches and presentations of honor were motivating. The level of enthusiasm and support from the people of Cripple Creek, Colorado and the local area was second to none. The team of organizers brought out the best of America through their efforts and I had chills as I spoke to this great crowd of every race, creed and color united with the firm resolve of standing together as one nation, one community, one people under God indivisible with freedom and justice for all. Leaving there I stood a little taller with the confidence of knowing that those of us who serve or who have served have not done so in vain but rather the American Spirit is alive and well! I have no doubt everyone who participated in this rally had a similar experience and returned to their communities proud to be American's and ready to serve in every capacity. I look forward to returning next year. WELL DONE!

Semper Fidelis,
Colonel Don Davis, USMC