Passage of Heroes
In an effort to break down generational boundaries and to gain wisdom to help us get through these difficult times, we’ve teamed up with LinkAGES and Golden High School to create a once-in-a-lifetime engagement experience. Please read below to meet our amazing Veterans and High School students and learn about how they have taken connection into their own hands!
About the program
Wish of a Lifetime’s “Passage of Heroes,” an initiative started in 2020 in partnership with Denver based intergenerational collaborative LinkAGES, pairs high school students with Denver-based veterans ages 68–97 to honor, commemorate and share the legacies of service members through intergenerational connection. Passage of Heroes was set to be a 4 month long program, culminating in a 4 day trip to Washington D.C to see the countries national monuments and memorials. Passage of Heroes officially began on January 16th at Golden High School and students and Veterans enjoyed a second event in mid February at Wings over The Rockies.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, though, the remaining events and the D.C. trip had to unfortunately be indefinitely postponed. This disappointing delay does not mean that the amazing relationships that were built in the beginning of 2020 between our 16 Veterans and 27 Students would come to an end though! Therefore, we are so excited to share this blog with you, created and contributed to by our students and veterans themselves.
This blog will serve as a way for students to connect with their partners, share their conversations and thoughts. Please follow along to learn more about these incredible bonds and to remind yourself of the importance of friendship, especially in this time when we all feel so far away from one another.
A message from Elija (Passage of Heroes’ Program Coordinator)
“Welcome to our Passage of Heroes blog! We are so excited to track the amazing conversations that Students and Veterans have with one another in April 2020. Now more than ever, it is so important for us to stay connected and to really feel and have a sense of community! Students and veterans from the program, please take some time every week to reflect on your conversations with your partner and share with us. Whether it is wisdom, challenges or gratitude, we want to read your reflections! And if you’d like to submit content to be added to this page—whether that be a photo or video, send me a message here!
For those following us, welcome! We are so proud to have such engaged students and veterans and are looking forward to turning to their wisdom and light to guide us through these uncertain and lonely times. If you wish more to learn about this program, please do not hesitate to click here.
Wishing health and happiness to all!“