An Afternoon With a Navy SEAL Commander

Keynote Speaker Commander Rorke Denver

Emcee Kim Monson, host of America's Veteran's Stories

Fundraising auction presented by Bryce Elemond

Hilton Denver Inverness
October 26, 11:30 am — 1:30 pm $125 per Ticket

Join the USMC Memorial Foundation for a Special Evening of Tribute and Music

The USMC Memorial Foundation proudly celebrates the 47th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Memorial with a special performance by Dave Bray USA™!

Honoring Our Heroes

We will honor distinguished guests Jim Blane and Al Jennings, veterans of Iwo Jima. Additionally, Medal of Honor Recipient Drew Dix and representatives from the Center for American Values will be in attendance.

VIP Seating – Circle of Honor

Experience the event up close by becoming a VIP! Sit in the exclusive Circle of Honor with Dave Bray USA™ and our esteemed honorees. VIP seating is limited to 200 guests (including plus ones).

To attend as a VIP, donate using the “Buy a Brick” option from June 1st, 2024, through August 23rd. Larger bricks receive closer seating. If you bring a plus one, donate an additional $50 and note it’s for a plus one. Please include your phone and email for any necessary contact.

General Admission

General admission seating is limited to 500 guests. Bring your own chair or sit on the grass. Proof of a $50 donation per person, made between June 1st, 2024, and August 23rd, is required for entry. Ground seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

General Admission

Donate $50 or more by August 23rd to receive general admission to the anniversary celebration. Use the button below to donate. 

VIP Seating

Donate a brick to the Memorial remodel to receive VIP seating. Use the button below to donate a brick.


Sponsor opportunities are available. Use the button below for more information. Email Paula Sarlls at 

Keynote Speaker: Commander Rorke Denver

Commander Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and other international hot spots. 

As assistant officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon at SEAL Team THREE, he was deployed to SOUTHCOM, the Central and South American Area of Operations. As SEAL officer aboard, Denver led his group’s response to a murderous uprising in the Ivory Coast nation of Liberia, launching advanced-force operations, conducting hydrographic beach reconnaissance, and helping to get U.S. Marines safely ashore.

After returning to the United States, Denver was appointed flag lieutenant to Admiral Joseph Maguire, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare, traveling to Afghanistan and briefing Congress on SEAL operations. In 2009, he became First Phase officer of SEAL Basic Training including Hell Week, then rose to Basic Training officer. He went on to run all phases of training including advanced sniper, hand-to-hand fighting, communications, diving, and language.

Emcee: Kim Monson

In 2016, Kim traveled with a group that accompanied four WWII D-Day Veterans to Normandy, France for the 72nd anniversary of the allied landings. She returned stateside realizing that each military service story is unique, should be heard and should be archived. From that experience America’s Veteran’s Stories with Kim Monson was created. America’s Veteran’s Stories broadcasts on all KLZ platforms Sundays, 3-4pm and 10-11pm plus Saturdays 10-11pm. Kim has interviewed over 175 WWII Veterans in addition to Veterans from our other wars and conflicts.

Kim understands the importance of honoring those who have risked their lives and those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country. The United States Marine Corps Memorial remodel project in Golden is vitally important so that we and generations to come will remember and reflect upon our military, our veterans and our history. Kim is dedicated to do what she can to assist in this project.

Kim Monson is a warrior for “We the People.” She also hosts The Kim Monson Show which searches for Truth and clarity by looking at issues thru the lens of “Freedom vs Force, Force vs Freedom.” The Kim Monson Show broadcasts M-F, 6-8am, 1-2pm and 10-11pm on all KLZ 560 platforms: KLZ 560 AM, KLZ 100.7 FM, the KLZ website and the KLZ app.


Auction: Bryce Elemond CAI, BAS

Bryce Elemond grew up in a farm town Community in Iowa. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and moved to the “Centennial State” after his military career ended.

Bryce has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, with an emphasis in public speaking. He graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering and immediately started his own business.

Auction Items

Guests of Honor

The Foundation is pleased to have as our honored guest the following Iwo Jima veterans.  Jack Thurman helped to design the original Memorial and is featured in the famous Rosenthal photograph of the Iwo Jima Flag raising; Don Whipple with the original flag raising, and Jim Blane is an honorary board member of the Foundation and witnessed the flag raising!

Jim Blane

Iwo Jima Veteran

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Don Whipple

Iwo Jima Veteran

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Al Jennings

Iwo Jima Veteran

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Special Guests

Hilton Denver Inverness
October 26, 11:30 am — 1:30 pm

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