“Friends, Family, Freedom” to link events at Denver Break-Away Days
By Tala Aurand

Denver Break-Away Days is all about friends, family and freedom this year.

The theme of “Friends, Family, and Freedom” with the infinity symbol, was a unanimous choice of the Denver Break-Away Days committee. The infinity symbol is incorporated into the logo design in red, white and blue to show that friends, family and freedom are forever.

“We are able to love our friends and family thanks to freedom,” explained committee member J.P. Sager. “Freedom is why veterans are the VIPs for this year’s Denver Break-Away Days!” Everyone is encouraged to come down and support the active duty military and veterans during the parade.

“Stand up for the flag and clap to show your support!” Sager said.

Birth of the theme

Sager, an executive member of the Denver American Legion and committee member for Denver Break-Away Days, related how this year’s theme came to be. The theme discussion started with the idea of friends and family. The committee discussed how people’s freedom enables them to be with friends and family. Why do people here have freedom in the first place? The service and sacrifice of armed forces veterans!

The Denver Break-Away Days committee felt that it wouldn’t be a “Denver Break-Away Days” without celebrating those who helped provide the freedom to celebrate. The vote for the theme, “Friends, Family, and Freedom” was unanimous.

Later, Sager’s wife, Michelle, talked about adding an infinity symbol to the logo to recognize that “Friends, Family and Freedom is forever.” After a short discussion, the logo for Denver Break-Away Days was born!

J.P. Sager married Michelle Buss 29 years ago. In those 29 years, J.P. has only been a resident in Denver for about 1 year. During the past 29 years, he has traveled all the way from Washington State, to come visit Michelle’s family and her hometown.

Over those visits J.P. Sager began to love Denver. Eventually, J.P. retired from being a Washington State Patrol Trooper, and moved to Denver with Michelle. Here, J.P. is able to help out the community and demonstrate his love for Denver.

Denver is all about being with friends and family, and a place J.P. calls home. Come celebrate Denver Break-Away Days and freedom! Like J.P. Sager said, “Show off some Denver pride!”
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