30 Oct 1959 - 16 Aug 2015
We are greatly saddened by the recent passing of Diana, a leading light in the Colorado Springs Community who loved honoring veterans for the service and sacrifices they made to our country.
Chief Master Sergeant Diana Ceciliani retired from the Air Force in 2000 after serving 20 years of faithful and honorable service to her country. In 2001, her family moved to Colorado Springs where she quickly got involved in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade serving as their Executive Director. With Diana’s leadership and help from a dedicated volunteer parade board, she transformed the parade from veterans groups paying to march in the parade to a parade supported by generous sponsors throughout the city. Over the next 10 years, the parade grew from 5000 to over 50,000 in attendance, and was reported by the Denver Post as one of the largest Veterans Day Parades in the country. Diana always mentioned she loved seeing the veterans’ smiles going down Tejon Street on parade day being honored by so many people.
Diana’s military family, retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Paul Cecilani and their two sons Nick and Josh are serving as honorary grand marshals for this year’s parade in tribute to Diana’s significant contributions to the city and veterans--she will be missed.