The Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma held their regular monthly meeting in a special place. Twelve members of the key women educators group met in Pueblo for a tour of the Center for American Values. The director, Matt Albright, gave an introduction to the Center, its purpose, programs, and outreach.
The values emphasized are honor, integrity, and patriotism. Of the millions who have served the United States from the Civil War through present day conflicts, only 3,500 have received the Medal of Honor, the highest honor an American soldier can receive.
It is a presidential award given to those proven to serve their fellow soldiers "above and beyond the call of duty." Seventy-five Portraits of Valor line the walls of the Center. One of "Pueblo's Own,” William Crawford, has a connection to Rocky Ford. His daughter is Beverly Kite.
The Center for American Values is the only place other than Washington, D.C., where these Medal of Honor recipients are recognized as a group. The stories of their sacrifice are humbling, and the quotations which accompanied the portraits were inspirational. The members and their guests enjoyed lunch on the Pueblo Riverwalk.