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Grand County, nation thank veterans today

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Today, Nov. 11., the nation observes Veterans Day. Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served and are currently serving in the military, both in war and peacetime.

Grand County has more than 100 young men and women on active duty serving in the war on terrorism, said Grand County Veterans Services Officer Dave Jones.

“Some have already made their second and third deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said

Veterans needing assistance , including those on active duty, may contact Dave Jones at 970-509-9024.

While Memorial Day provides an opportunity to remember those who died serving their country, Veterans Day is primarily meant to honor the living who made sacrifices for national security.

Grand County veterans and their families will recognize the holiday with breakfast at the Commons at Snow Mountain Ranch from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. today. The Granby Elementary mini-singers will present a program at 8:45 a.m. All are welcome. Call Duane Dailey, 970-725-3240, for more information.

This Veterans Day, Grand County government offices, banks, libraries, post offices and many state offices will be closed. All town offices in the county will be open, however.

Federal land fees waived

Also, federal land management agencies will waive recreation-related fees for veterans and military personnel, along with their families, today.

BLM Director Bob Abbey encourages veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces to recreate on BLM-managed or other Federal lands on Nov. 11, saying, “We want to thank the men and women who have served or are serving

our country through military service. This is a small, but special way in which we can express our gratitude and our appreciation to them.”

The waiver of entrance and/or standard amenity fees on Veterans Day applies to public recreation lands under the management of the BLM, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation (all agencies of the Department of the Interior), along with the U.S. Forest Service (part of the Department of Agriculture).