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Pictures from Vets on Ice

by: David Coulson 2/26/2014

Last Sunday I had the privilege and honor of covering Vets on Ice for the Denver Post.  The article came out in todayís paper. 

When I was asked to do a piece for the paper, I was excited about the prospect of covering the event, especially since it hadnít been picked up prior.  Given the excellent background resources available to me from Shawnís blogs and the Patriot Anglers website I figured it would be an easy write.  As I sat down Sunday evening I found it to be far more difficult than expected, due to having a lot of material and very little space to cram it all into.  As a result, I mentioned the organizers and supporters, and made the story about the participants.  Even then I was only able to present a small portion of the material I had to work with.

I had similar issues paring down the 140 images taken Sunday to a few to submit to the post in support of the article.  Iím writing this to give a little more recognition to all those involved. 

First off, kudos to Shawn for the outstanding organization and leadership he provided for the event.  Second, the volunteers were many, and I only wish I had all their names to list here.  I donít.  Thus, I wonít list any, so as not to insult anyone.  But I personally thank each and every one of you for your efforts. From my conversations with folks, I know they were greatly appreciated.  Third, all those groups and contributors are listed here.  I think I got them all, if not, my apologies.  Please note this list was sent to the Post, but not published. 

I spent the morning visiting with as many of the veterans as I could, I may have missed some, for which Iím sorry.  I greatly enjoyed learning more about everyone.  What mildly surprised me was how many military couples were present, where both are or were in the service.  If I didnít do so on the ice, I would like to personally thank each and every one of your for your service to your country and for taking time to visit with me.

To all involved, from my perspective, the Second Annual Vets on Ice, was an unqualified success.

Organizers, volunteers, and donors

Patriot Anglers
VFW 4171 (also provided honor guard)
Born to Fish Media
Just One Day
Evergreen Parks and Recreation
OReilly Auto Parts
Bass Pro
King Soopers
Samís Club
Sportsmanís warehouse
Eagle Claw
Patxiís Pizza
Bench Accounting and Tax Services
Discount Tackle

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Member comments
anglerwannabe, CO   2/26/2014 12:25:20 PM
Very nice sir! thank you again!
adrenaline_junkie_ff, CO   2/26/2014 12:30:05 PM
Thanks again Dave. Well written article and blog.
Dangly, CO   2/26/2014 1:11:41 PM
thank you vets!
Lloyd Tackitt, TX   2/27/2014 5:58:35 AM
What a great thing to do, my hat is off to everyone who participated!
opencage, CO   2/27/2014 2:00:15 PM
I see a lot of smiles in those photos. Good article Dave. I think the focus on the participants was the right angle.
robotrout, TX   2/27/2014 7:10:13 PM
that's awesome , thank you all vet's for your service .
David Coulson
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