Red Rocks World War II Day was a tribute to the Greatest Generation

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April 10, 2015

Red Rocks World War II Day was a tribute to the Greatest Generation
Event commemorated WWII and celebrated the culture of the era

LAKEWOOD, CO – The crisp spring morning began with a relaxed vibe as radio 1430 KEZW conducted a live broadcast from the front lobby of Red Rocks Community College.  Music from big band, swing, crooners, and jazz genres drifted through the foyer as World War II-era costumed staff and students entered the building.  Almost every facet of the 40s wartime and civilian life were represented as Army recruiters, medics, Generals Macarthur, Patton, and Eisenhower, Mae West, All-American Girls Baseball League, and many more arrived on campus.

The second annual experiential learning event was presented on Thursday, April 9th by RRCC’s history department, along with many other academic areas that provided an enriched learning experience throughout the hallways and campus grounds. More than 250 middle and high school students enjoyed the event, engaging with WWII veterans and WASPS who were in attendance. Students and community members were able to visit replicas of WWII Pacific and European Theatre camps and watch presentations from costumed soldiers. Museums and other organizations were on hand with educational exhibits, such as displays from the Salvation Army, American WWII Orphan Network, and Henry J. Kaiser, namesake of today’s Kaiser Permanente organization who created day care centers for the children of the ‘Rosie the Riveters’ who went to work in factories.

“Today encompassed the best of what this college has to offer, which was watching our community of faculty, staff and students put this amazing event together,” said Dr. Michele Haney, president of the college. “To see so many people engaged--schools, veterans, and family members--to experience the complexity of that time along with the cultural simplicity of that era was so inspiring!” Dr. Haney’s father is a 98-year-old veteran of WWII, having served in the Army Air Corps and Air Force for 35 years.
Other highlights of the day included a flyover of a North American WWII aircraft, two USO shows with live music, a display of cars from the 40s, and swing lessons.

View a slideshow of photos from the event on the RRCC Facebook page here.

About Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.

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Red Rocks World War II Day

Friday, April 10, 2015