(Seated: Left to right):

Lisa M. Bachman (USAF Veteran), Bachman pr

Stan VanderWerf (USAF Ret.), Commissioner, El Paso County, PPHLC Vice-Chair

Don Stratton, USS Arizona Survivor

CAPT Bob Lally, USN (Ret.)*  Chairman, Military Affairs Council, PPHLC Chair

Bill Nelson, Attorney at Law, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Standing/Back Row (left to right):

Andy Vick, Executive Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

Dr. Andy Cain, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

Matt Coleman (USN Veteran), HUB International

CAPT Mark Seglem, USN (Ret.)

Randy Stratton, son of Don Stratton

Welling Clark (USN Veteran), Navy League of United States

Not Pictured:

Mary Beth Burichin, Colorado Springs Airport

LTC William D. “Bill” Linn, USA (Ret.), Vice President, Heritage Arsenal

Henry Yankowski Administrator, El Paso County

Nikki Stratton, granddaughter of Don Stratton


Our Approach

Pikes Peak Heroes Legacy Committee

The Pikes Peak Heroes Legacy Committee or  PPHLC operates as an extension of the Foundation for Colorado Springs’ Future, affiliated with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC. The committee is a collection of local leaderscommitted to recognizing and honoring heroes from the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. The PPHLC selected Donald G. Stratton, a Colorado Springs resident, as an honoree, manifesting in three ways:

1. El Paso County declared June 8th “Don Stratton Day,” read by proclamation at the

El Paso County Courthouse with Don Stratton and his family arriving by police motorcade.

2. On June 8, 2018, a formal proclamation was made at the Colorado State House officially naming the bridge atInterstate-25 and Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs in honor of Mr. Stratton.  Two hundred from the community celebrated with a formal ceremony.

3. On December 7, 2018, the PPHLC will unveil an exhibit at the Colorado Springs Airport also honoring Mr. Stratton. It will be a multi-generational educational tool for the 1.7 million visitors who annually pass through the airport.

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Our Story

Donald G Stratton Bridge

The first act of the Pikes Peak Heroes Legacy Committee was to honor Donald Stratton. Committee members decided that naming a bridge in his honor would be the best course of action.

Representative Liston brought a proclamation to the General Colorado Assembly asking that the new I-25 Fillmore Bridge be name the Donald G. Stratton Bridge. The proclamation was unanimously voted in favor after a standing ovation.

The ceremony took place on June 8, 2018, also known as Donald G. Stratton Day in Colorado Springs.

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