Community invited to honor military crews for flood rescue operation June 14

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Boulder County, Colo. – On Saturday, June 14, the Colorado National Guard and U.S. Army crews that evacuated more than 1,200 people during the 2013 Flood will be honored at the Boulder Municipal Airport, giving the Boulder County community an opportunity to personally thank these men and women for their extraordinary service. The flood rescue appreciation will take place in conjunction with the biennial Boulder Airport Day and Open House. 

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the military helicopters and ground support vehicles that were used during the flood rescue operation will be on public display, along with rescue vehicles from local police and fire agencies. Visitors will be able to climb inside most of the aircraft and vehicles, talk to the operators and take pictures. This exhibition will demonstrate how various agencies worked together to protect public safety during the 2013 Flood.

At noon, regional elected officials will present awards to the leadership from the Colorado National Guard and U.S. Army 4th Combat Aviation Brigade. This brief presentation will highlight the Boulder Municipal Airport’s role as the emergency operations, equipment and supply center for the regional rescue effort.

“We invite all community members to join us in showing our appreciation for these brave service members’ incredible efforts to transport our families, friends and neighbors to safety,” said Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico.

“The Boulder Municipal Airport provided a safe, close location for the crews to operate from, allowing them to perform the most aerial evacuations since Hurricane Katrina,” said Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum. “We look forward to commemorating this exceptional flood rescue operation as part of Airport Day.”

Boulder Airport Day is a free event that will feature World War II, acrobatic, antique, corporate, and experimental airplanes; as well as gliders and helicopters. The family-friendly event will also include activities for children, food vendors, gift shops and the opportunity to purchase rides in a helicopter.

Boulder Municipal Airport provides commercial, recreational and emergency response services to the City of Boulder and surrounding communities. For more information about the airport or Airport Day, visit or call 303-441-3108.

Gabi Boerkircher
Public Information Specialist

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