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World War I memorial pillars’ fate to be discussed at Veterans Museum Broomfield on May 27

Gail Elias of Lafayette will give a Coffee & Conversation talk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27
Boulder County dignitaries at the dedication of the “Road of Remembrance Gateway Pillars” in 1921.


Three years after the end of World War I — the so-called “war to end all wars” — two pillars made of Colorado flagstone were erected at the intersection of Highway 287 and Arapahoe Road in Lafayette (“Nine Mile Corner”) to honor Boulder County soldiers who served in the “Great War.”

Recently threatened with destruction due to a planned widening of the highway, plans are underway to move and preserve those monuments. To present the history of the pillars, known formally as the “Road of Remembrance Gateway Pillars,” Gail Elias of Lafayette will give a Coffee & Conversation talk at the Veterans Museum Broomfield at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27.

Ms. Elias is Regent of the Indian Peaks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Mitigation Working Group that is developing a plan to save the memorial.

She is also the author of A Soldier’s Story: Remembering Boulder’s Boys of the Great War, a book that tells the story of 51 Boulder soldiers who died during the war.

Ms. Elias’s talk will be the capstone of the museum’s current special exhibit, Over Here, Over There: Colorado in World War II.

The Veterans Museum Broomfield is located at 12 Garden Center, on Midway Boulevard about a quarter-mile east of Wadsworth, and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the museum at (303) 460-6801.