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2018 January/February You Were There
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"You Were There" 

The Fitzsimons Golf Course Story

by Dennis Lyon, Aurora Golf, Retired


Three golf holes with sand greens for Hospital 21 opened in 1918. For the injured heroes of WWI, when they came home; “You were there.”

In the 1930’s, the Work Progress Administration (WPA) built an 18-hole golf gem at Fitzsimons Army Post.  For the men and women in uniform who followed; “You were there.”

For the heroes of WWII; “You were there.”

For Ike, the President General and Orville Moody, The Sarge; “You were there.”

For the courageous veterans of Korea, Viet Nam, the middle east and across the world; “You were there.”

For the thousands of active duty men and women who crossed your path, seeking a place of beauty, relaxation, health and welfare; “You were there.”

For the civilian golfers and the military community, when Fitzsimons Army Hospital closed in 1999, and the city of Aurora assumed control; “You were there.”

For all the foxes, hawks, eagles, squirrels, trees and plants who made you their home for almost 100 years; “You were there.”
In 2017, when your hallowed grounds were closed to make room for bricks, glass and concrete, we who cherished and adored you know, in our hearts; “You’re still there.”

Dennis D. Lyon, 
Honorably Discharged Major, USAR,
Aurora Manager of Golf, Retired

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