BARTLETT, New Hampshire — Attitash in Bartlett, New Hampshire will honor our nation’s defenders and their families on Saturday, March 8, 2008 through discount tickets for service personnel and guests, a special flag parade culminating with the National Anthem, a pictorial display of New England warriors and American pride music being played by local DJ, Matt Spofford.
“The weekend is all about raising awareness of the sacrifices our troops and their families make every day. These brave men and women volunteer to put their lives on the line so that we can stay safe at home. The sacrifices that those in uniform and their families make should not be taken for granted and should be honored. This is our small way of saying ???thank you’,” said Robin Graham, V.P. of Administration at Attitash.
The pictorial display will be a reflection of patriotism and courage of New England representatives who are serving or have served our nation in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Twenty warriors’ stories will be exhibited across the resort’s lodges for guests to view. Guest will also be invited to write in individual journals that will be available for each soldier represented in the pictorial display and then sent to the respective soldiers.
On March 8, 2008 all active duty, National Guard and reserve soldiers, and retired military personnel as well as any U.S. military veterans can receive a free lift ticket to be used on that day when they present a valid military I.D. or DD form 214 at the ticket window.
On that day guests can receive $10 off the price of their lift ticket and an American flag lapel pin when they bring any three items (from a qualifying list**) that will be sent to the soldiers currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Season Passholders are also invited to bring items.
Guests will also be encouraged to participate in a flag parade that will begin at the summit of the mountain and traverse Northwest Passage trail finishing in the main base area where the National Anthem will sound out.
The Flag parade will be lead by Fred Shine, carrying an American Flag trailed by service members carrying individual flags representing the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Attitash will provide fifty American flags and encourage guests to bring flags to participate in the parade.
The lead flag hangs at Attitash year-round and was donated by Shine in 2002 in honor of the 10th Mountain Division which has a long history in the Mount Washington Valley.
“Right after September 11, 2001, the first unit to go into Afghanistan was the 10th Mountain Division. The flag itself, comes from my Dad’s casket (26th Yankee Div, WWII), said Shine. “I skied down Attitash, in company of Thad Thorne (Served in WW II with the 10th Mountain Division & founder of Attitash), to honor the 10th Mountain Division, and to show support for our troops in Afghanistan. After the journey, I decided that flag should stay at Attitash, in memory of the 10th Mountain Division.”
The materials used for the pictorial display were generously donated by Puelle Design of Yarmouth, ME as well as Minuteman Press International Inc. and Staples, both North Conway, N.H locations.
Attitash is part of Peak Resorts, owner and operators of 11 ski areas and 2 golf courses in 6 states. Peak Resorts Inc. is committed to building an enhanced resort experience at each of their properties. More information is available on the company’s website www.peakresorts.com.