On Thursday, April 6, the Center for American Values on the Pueblo Riverwalk will host students from rural Colorado communities and their families for an awards ceremony starting at 12:30 p.m.

On Thursday, April 6, the Center for American Values on the Pueblo Riverwalk will host students from rural Colorado communities and their families for an awards ceremony starting at 12:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Center’s Portraits of Valor Gallery, nationally known for its portraits of America’s greatest military heroes: Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Buses have been arranged to deliver the 75 students and guests to Pueblo. The Center has invited local veterans to take part in the ceremony.

This is the third year of the “We Honor Veterans Contest,” sponsored by Arkansas Valley Hospice and the Center for American Values. The purpose of the contest is to remind kids to honor our veterans and have them explore what the word "honor" means to them. This also marks the third year that winning students will attend an awards ceremony at the center.

“I am proud to see the contest continue to grow in size and participation over the last three years. We love working with the schools in the Arkansas Valley. The student projects are truly inspiring. This is a great opportunity for southern Colorado communities to work together and show our appreciation for what the veterans have done for this country,” said Matt Albright Program Director at the center.

Although the contest was open to all the students of the Arkansas Valley, the schools of Fowler and La Junta excelled in the competition. The students and their families will arrive in Pueblo at 10:30 a.m. at the Pueblo Convention Center and will participate in a guided Walk of Valor tour. They will then spend time touring the center and the Medal of Honor recipients in the portraits.

At 12:30 p.m. the center will host the awards ceremony, in which the students will have the opportunity to present their projects and talk about what the contest means to them.

About the Center for American Values

The Center for American Values is located on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk in Pueblo, Colorado, at 101 South Main. The center was co-founded by Medal of Honor Recipient Drew Dix and is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization formed in 2010 for charitable and educational purposes. The center’s founders identified the need for a national initiative to recognize and preserve the values on which our great country was founded and, as a result, have developed several Character and Leadership Development programs designed to help foster and promote these important ideals.