August 23, 2019
Denver, Colo. – The Postal Service held a building dedication ceremony at the National Western Stock Show Complex on August 23, 2019 in honor of George “Joe” Sakato. Sakato worked at the Denver Stockyards Post Office for most of his 27-year career. He received the Medal of Honor in 2000 for his actions during World War II. On October 29, 1944 near Biffontaine, France. Sakato led an assault resulting in a victory for the 442nd Army Regiment Combat Team. This ceremony renamed the Denver Stockyards facility located at 4910 Brighton Boulevard in Denver, CO, as the “George Sakato Post Office Building.”
Senator Cory Gardner sent a video praising Sakato for his actions in WW ll and his service to our country. Speakers included The Colorado Adjutant General, Major General Michael A. Loh, Denver Postmaster Lora McLucas and USPS Area Vice President Gregory Graves.
“Being an Army veteran myself, it was such an honor to meet someone who’s had such an impact on our history,” said McLucas. “That he worked in the Post Office also makes me proud of him and of our organization.”
Graves presented Sakato’s Daughter, Leslie, with a replica of the plaque. She thanked the Postal Service for honoring her father.
On April 25, 2018 Senator Cory Gardner introduced Senate Bill 931 which became Public Law 115-220 on July 27, 2018. Unanimous support from a state’s congressional delegation is required for the movement of naming bills to the floor of the House and Senate and is then signed by the President of the United States to become law.
The Postal Service worked with the office of Senator Cory Gardner, The Colorado National Guard, the National Western Stock Show, and members of the Denver community to host the event.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations