Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Center For American Values

Pueblo, CO  High 89  Low 52

The Center for American Values is located on the Pueblo Riverwalk. Their mission statement is: To honor the extreme sacrifices made to help sustain America’s values and to ensure these extraordinary actions are preserved … forever


Pueblo is known as the Home of Heroes. They have the unique distinction as being the home of four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once remarked, after bestowing the Medal of Honor upon Raymond G. “Jerry” Murphy, “What is it in the water out there in Pueblo … all you guys turn out to be heroes.”

There is an extraordinary collection of portraits and documentation of over 140 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

medal of honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.

The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to  Private Jacob Parrott. Since then there have been 3461 recipients of the Medal of Honor. The last award of the Medal of Honor was made April 11, 2013 to Captain (Chaplain) Emil Joseph Kapaun.


They have a ten minute video with Brian Williams explaining the Medal of Honor and then interviews with recipients. The walls are covered with the photographs of over 140 recipients along with the quote or motto that best described their creed.

This was one of my favorite.

P1030620 War is the most regrettable proving ground. Those who rush to launch it and those who seek to create heroes from it, should remember its legacy. You have to be there to appreciate its horrors, and die to forget them.

Vernon J. Baker

If you are ever in Pueblo, please take the time to visit this tribute to American heroes.


  1. You guys really must hit the tourist trail running to cover all the places you've been to lately. We will have to add them to our must see list.

    Have fun out there.

  2. never knew this was there and have been to Pueblo
    love the quote

  3. Always appreciate anything that honors our heros. They didn't ask to be put in the situations they were in and yet each one showed extraordinary courage when and where it was needed. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, what an eye-opener....Thanks, Sandie.

  5. I have never heard of this place. What a wonderful idea. This would be an excellent place for a school field trip. I think high school students should be exposed to this wonderful piece of American history.

  6. If I'm ever in Pueblo, I'll be sure visit there.

  7. Now that is a really nice, hidden gem you discovered. Everyone needs to see it.

    I think you deserve a medal for blogging about it! :c)

  8. We've never even heard of it and now it's on the top of our list when we get to the Pueblo area. Thanks!

  9. Sounds like a very powerful place. Thanks for encouraging us all to go there.

  10. You're certainly making every minute count now that you aren't sitting in Apache Junction. So many places to go and so many places to visit and you're taking it all in. Good for you.

  11. You sure are finding a lot of interesting places to visit.

  12. I'm with Wanderin on this one. Good on ya ! I'd never have the energy to do all that goin' and then have enough left over to Blog about it.

  13. So interesting to read about the Medal of Honor recipients. Wounded Warriors is one of my favorite charities (I hate to use the word charity in regards to our heroes), but they need our help.

    My son, who is a cyclist, raised money to have a red white, and blue tandem bike built for one soldier who returned without his site. The bike is beautiful with the names of his buddies, his children, and other meaningful things that are personalized to this Soldier. They present it to him in Chicago in two weeks. He has brothers and friends who ride with him.

    The men and women from all wars should always be remembered and honored. Thanks for sharing, Sandie.

  14. Never heard of this place, man you make Pueblo appealing instead of some place just to stop while on the way to someplace else.

    BTW have you tried a slopper yet?


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