US preserves Colorado WWII training site

Environmentalists are praising President Biden’s expected Wednesday announcement to designate a new national monument, preserving a World War II alpine training site in the mountains of Colorado. Camp Hale, about 20 miles south of Vail, was where soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division trained in the harsh winter conditions of the Rocky Mountains in preparation for battle in the Italian Alps during World War II. After the war, many returned to Colorado and played pivotal roles in founding the state’s ski industry. Conservationists hailed the expected designation. “I think it’s important for people to remember that because the 10th Mountain had a huge effect on transforming the world,” Bradley Noone, an Army veteran with the 10th Mountain Division, said on Tuesday. , during a visit to the camp. “They were able to repel the Germans from Riva Ridge and northern Italy thanks to the training that took place here. Combine that with the intrinsic, healing and serene nature of the surrounding landscape and you have a perfect combination of value history and natural beauty to protect yourself.” Jennifer Mason, executive director of the Colorado Snowsports Museum, said it was important to remember Camp Hale’s role in World War II because without the training the soldiers received there, they would never have defeated the Germans in the Italian mountains. Biden has expanded the boundaries of two national monuments in southern Utah that were reduced by former President Donald Trump. But Biden had not appointed any of his own during his first two years in office.

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