TELLURIDE – The pageantry of Telluride’s annual July 4 parade will be augmented this year by the addition of soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division – both current and retired.
Among the World War II Army veterans attending will be New York-based artist Jacques Parker, who chronicled the saga of the 10th in combat with drawings and paintings.
These 10th Mountain Division soldiers come to Telluride compliments of Mountainfilm in Telluride, in conjunction with a July 6 fundraising event at the Sheridan Opera House that includes a screening of George and Beth Gage’s acclaimed film about the 10thh Mountain Division, Fire on the Mountain.
The Gages’ film profiles the Army’s legendary ski squadron and its daring mountain expeditions against Axis forces in World War II, focusing on the division’s postwar accomplishments, as well. The film won the Mountainfilm Festival’s Grand Prize when it premiered here, in 1995.
A mix of untrained college boys and America’s best prewar skiers and mountaineers, the legendary 10th Mountain Division’s soldiers were forged into this country’s first and only alpine military unit in the high country of Colorado; they later fought, with great distinction, in the liberation of Italy. For all the heroism of this much-admired fighting force, however, the World War II veterans are equally remembered for the nobility of the lives they went on to live in the decades following the war. Their efforts have had dramatic and positive impacts on the Colorado landscape and on American skiing, recreation and environmentalism.
“In combat and in civilian life, the men of the 10th Mountain Division have embodied again and again the indomitable spirit that Mountainfilm celebrates,” said Mountainfilm Executive Director Peter Kenworthy. “We are delighted and honored to welcome them to Telluride, and thank them for helping to make a great parade even greater, and for helping to support Mountainfilm’s efforts to educate and inspire.”
Before and after riding Telluride’s Colorado Avenue in the July 4 parade aboard a Telluride fire engine, the men of the 10th will meet and greet holiday celebrants at 137 W. Colorado Ave., where Parker will also be signing his famous 1943 ski trooper poster.
For tickets to the Mountainfilm fundraiser and further information about the event, please visit www.mountainfilm.org or call Jenny at (970) 728-4123 x 11.
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