Colorado National Guard to conduct Memorial Day military helicopter flyovers

Colorado National Guard pilots plan to fly helicopters over metro Denver, Colorado Springs and the Western Slope on Monday in a Memorial Day salute to Coloradans who died on missions abroad and to health care workers and emergency responders helping residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting at 9 a.m. until around noon, the pilots will be flying one CH-47 Chinook, two UH-60 Black Hawks, one LUH-72 Lakota, and two UH-60s. The pilots plan to fly three routes — two along the Front Range and one on the Western Slope.

“We are really excited that U.S. Army leadership has allowed us to focus some of our training hours to thank our veterans and the health care workers and first responders caring for them during these difficult times,” U.S. Army Col. William Gentle said. “This Memorial Day is unique but no less important than any other in our nation’s history. We must never forget those who have sacrificed so much to keep this great nation free.”

Colorado National Guard officials said people watching for the helicopters should maintain safe distances in accordance with COVID-19 control protocols.

Here are approximate locations and times when the helicopters likely will be visible:

Route 1

8:30 a.m. — Buckley AFB
8:45 a.m. — Centennial Airport, Centennial
10 a.m. — J.S Parker Cemetery, Parker
10:10 a.m. — Highlands Ranch
10:15 a.m. — Ft Logan National Cemetery, Englewood
10:20 a.m. — Arvada
10:25 a.m. – Thornton
10:35 a.m. — Denver
10:45 a.m. — Centennial Airport

Route 2

10:55 a.m. — Centennial Airport
11:30 a.m. — Colorado Springs
Noon — Buckley AFB

Route 3

9 a.m. — High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (Gypsum)
9:25 a.m. — Rifle
9:50 a.m. — Grand Junction
10:15 a.m. — Montrose/ Fuel
11:30 a.m. — Silverton
12:25 p.m. — Gunnision
1 p.m. — Gypsum

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