CTU Colorado Springs Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Monument Dedication
On Saturday, October 10, 2015, CTU Colorado Springs will dedicate the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Monument in the campus courtyard. This monument was envisioned by the CTU Student Veterans Organization when we lost Apollo Santiago, a CTU student who passed away from injuries sustained from serving in a combat zone. The monument is intended to honor all who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The Student Veteran Organization (SVO) of Colorado Technical University led the drive to fund a permanent memorial to honor Apollo and all fallen heroes. A paintball fundraiser was organized, and it raised $3,400.00 for the effort, which was matched by CTU. Several local residents and businesses chipped in by donating time and services, including:
- Matthew Wetenkamp of the Wounded Warrior Project
- David and Susan of Covert Ops Paintball
- Vulcan Paintball
The monument was designed with input from CTU student veterans, and was sculpted by Ty Hadley, an alumnus of CTU. The Battle Cross, which consists of boots, rifle and helmet, has become a symbol honoring our military brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Students, alumni, and the community at large are welcome to join the dedication ceremony, which begins at 8:30am. The National Anthem will be presented by a member of the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Invocation and Benediction will be given by Chaplain Navy Captain Brenda Bradly-Davila from US Northern Command and Colors will be presented by the NORAD-US Northern Command Combined Color Guard (invited).