AWESOME!  This is the only way I can explain the 2017 Salute to American Veterans Rally sponsored by Cripple Creek, Colorado.  In my 36 years of active service and now 7 years in retirement, I have never participated in or attended an event like this honoring our Veterans and their families.  The amazing part of this event is the support from the community of Cripple Creek.  The entire town is dedicated to the event and truly reflects the love and support of our Veterans.  The kick-off of the event is the Memorial Ride from Woodland Park to Cripple Creek.  A magnificent display of thousands of motorcycles, mostly driven by Veterans, coming down main street - a true highlight of the event.  I may have to add this to my bucket list, which means I will need to purchase a motorcycle!

I was honored to participate in the program that honored the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).  Having served 28 of my 36 years in Special Forces, I had the privilege of working with members of the Group during training events as well as during combat operations.  Their performance has always been exceptional.  Mr. Jim Wear, and his Rally committee needs special recognition for their efforts in the planning and execution of this great event.  It is obvious that the amount of effort displayed to make this event possible, from all involved, comes directly from the heart.  As a Veteran, I was proud to have participated in this year's event, but even more proud the be a Veteran!  Thanks to Cripple Creek and all that made this possible - see you in 2018.

MG(R) Thom Csrnko
Best to all!
Thom and Diane Csrnko