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Memorial Day Flight

WCCC honors fallen military personnel

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reflect on the notion that freedom doesn’t come free. Across the nation, in every bustling city and small town, communities honor U.S. military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

This year, to honor these fallen heroes, Western Colorado Community College's Aviation Technology program performed a formation flight for the 2021 JUCO World Series over Suplizio Field. Three WCCC planes flew over the stands on Memorial Day. Josh Barnes was one of those pilots. Barnes, a former student of the aviation program, is a flight instructor and Marine. He served in The United States Marine Corps from 2011-2015 and said the armed forces taught him about himself and the kind of man he wants to be.

“The cost of freedom is often taken for granted,” said Barnes. “In this country you can have a dream, set your mind to it and make it happen. I wanted to become a pilot, and now here I am getting to fly formation.”

Colorado Mesa University serves more than 400 service men and women from all branches of the armed services. Too many of these brave individuals lost friends. Some of our CMU community have loved ones that never made it home. Today and every day, we honor them.


Written by Kelsey Coleman