Honor those who have fallen
In regard to the renaming of our majestic Sopris mountain John Denver Peak, I feel it needs to be brought to light the fact that it has previously been named. Approximately 18 years ago to be precise. What we all would be mistakenly calling and/or renaming John Denver Peak, locals and visitors alike have been referring to this area as Frank Zappa Peak since 1998.
There is our John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen with beautiful gardens and pathways, and wonderfully arranged large, expensive stones carved with his lyrics near a flowing brook where one can lie down, loosen up and relax, reflect, meditate, be or feel at ease, breathe easy, calm down, collect one’s thoughts, compose one’s inner being and think of John Denver, his music and his accomplishments.
Officially I would like to suggest we petition another name. Romero Peak comes to mind. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Romero, age 30, from Lafayette, Colo., was killed in Kandahar Province while attempting to defuse an IED, making him Colorado’s first casualty in these dang wars. (I hate the wars but will always support our troops.)
It would recognize another true accomplishment with a whole lot of sacrifice. Romero Peak would honor Daniel and all the men and women of Colorado who serve by choice when called. It’s a more fitting name, and I know Mr. Denver would agree.
If you also agree, email your suggestions, comments and concerns to Mr. Payne at email@example.com; fax them to (703) 648-4549; or mail Roger L. Payne, Executive Secretary, U.S. Board on Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey,12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 523, Reston, VA 20192-0523
John Denver has many, many tributes. Please, let’s give Daniel Romero and our servicemen and -women one of their own that stands as tall as the Rockies themselves.
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