Letter of thanks: Grand Lake Memorial Day
May 29, 2014
To the Editor,
Simply put, and briefly, a description of the Grand Lake Memorial Day parade: WOW. WOW. WOW
The Grand Lake community again has outdone itself in hosting a most unbelievable successful Memorial Day parade, Veterans Memorial Ceremony, and dinner reception for those veterans, both local and sojourners from throughout the United States, Great Britain and Canada. A quotation from a retired Canadian General, as he shook my hand
to thank me, "the best and most emotional Memorial Day ceremony I have ever attended mate."
Numerous local patriots made this most solemn day of remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our enduring freedom.
We thank all for their efforts, from the organization of Peter the Painter Esmond, Rich Olivia, Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, Town of Grand Lake leadership and employees, to participating businesses that include The Gateway Inn for hosting the American Legion Post 1 Color Guard, Pancho and Lefty's for hosting the dinner under the leadership and coordination of Judy Tumlin, and her hostesses Gladys, Gayle, and Marty. To Karen who ran the guest register and sold American flags so we at American Legion Post 88 may donate back to the local community in the name of the four pillars of the American Legion: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children and Youth.
To Anni Barta of Action Mobility (Action Track Chair) for providing us locally, the opportunity for our local wheelchair-bound, General Mike Smith to stand up and be enabled to roam the streets of Grand Lake again, for the first time in four long years.
To the Grand Drew Sisters, Peggy Mann, Tracy Williams, Lynnea Godfriaux, The JR Nash Band, Acme Band, Tight Like That, for world class entertainment.
To the Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 104, for again distributing buddy poppies, an old respected manner of honoring all of those who gave their life for this great nation.
Thank you Grand Lake community, citizens and visitors for honoring the Veterans of these United States of America, especially those of us that live and visit this "Grandiose" piece of heaven.
Thanks to all who have went unmentioned.
Thank you veterans for your participation in the daylong festivities in this most freedom-loving, patriotic hamlet of Grand Lake, Colo., Grand County, United States of America. God Bless America.
Duane Dailey, Adjutant
American Legion Post 88