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Teach your kids about WWII at this special event at Denver Union Station

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Denver Union Station is excited to be hosting a WW II Celebration on Saturday, March 30th at 10 a.m. honoring Major General Maurice Rose – a Denver native who was killed in action in Germany – as well as all of the soldiers who left for the war from the Mile High City’s landmark train station.

 The celebration will be attended by Clarence Smoyer of Pennsylvania, who is now 95 years old and one of Rose’s last surviving soldiers. He served under Rose as a tank gunner in the 3rd Armored Division, and himself achieved fame as the “Hero of Cologne,” for destroying a German tank at the Cologne Cathedral, an event captured on film. Smoyer will be arriving at Denver Union Station in a WWII Stuart Tank.

 The event is spearheaded by Denver author Adam Makos, who recently released a new bestselling book, Spearhead, about Smoyer’s journey that also solves the mystery of how Rose was killed in a tragic war crime. Smoyer and Makos will be signing copies of Spearhead at the Tattered Cover inside Denver Union Station.

 To commemorate the 74th anniversary of Rose’s death and honor all WW II soldiers, Makos & Smoyer will be donating a memorial painting of the Spearhead Division by Scottish artist Gareth Hector to be hung at Denver Union Station. 

Raised in Denver since age 3, Rose was the highest ranking American to die in European combat and the highest-ranking Jewish American to die in World War II. 

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