Senator Udall joins Adams 50 to dedicate flag, honor Marine killed in Iraq | Community Spirit
WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- On Wednesday, November 10, Adams County School District 50 will dedicate the new flag hanging in the gymnasium of Westminster High School and present a flag to the family of Ranum High School graduate Jeremy Tamburello who was killed in Iraq five years ago this week. Senator Mark Udall will participate in the ceremony and offer remarks.
Wednesday marks the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps and is the day before Veterans Day.
Westminster High School opened in August of this year but administrators waited to dedicate the flag to coincide with a special event surrounding Veterans Day. The Tamburello family was invited to participate as a way to honor the memory of Jeremy and other service members who have given their life in defense of the country. Jeremy is the only Adams 50 graduate to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Lance Cpl. Jeremy Tamburello was killed November 8, 2005 by a roadside bomb while conducting combat operations just west of Rutbah, Iraq. He volunteered for the Marines after graduating from high school knowing that he was putting his life at risk.
The school district and Senator Udall felt it was important to find a way to honor families in the months and years after the loss of a loved one. The Tamburello family is grateful for the recognition and are willing to talk with the media about what life is like several years after a loved one’s death, when the media attention and support systems have often faded with time.
The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in the gymnasium of Westminster High School located at 6933 Raleigh Street. In addition to performances by Westminster High School students, the Buckley Air Force Base Honor Guard will conduct a flag folding ceremony and present the flag to the Tamburello family.
Local veterans group and dignitaries have also been invited.