Local veterans plan to honor the fallen for Memorial Day
Memorial Day, and all its solemnity, are quickly approaching and many Grand County veterans and various organizations are planning to remember America’s fallen in different ways.
Grand County’s cemeteries will be filled with flags placed by a myriad of organizations, remembrance services will be held and Grand Lake’s annual Memorial Day Parade will feature a cavalcade of veterans moving down Grand Avenue in honor of those who never returned from foreign fields. Grand County’s Veteran Service Officer Duane Dailey outlined some of the plans scheduled for the day of honor.
“Here in Grand County the cemeteries are attended to; and graves marked by a small American flag, by patriotic, freedom-loving community-minded individuals and groups who sincerely understand the meaning of this weekend,” Dailey stated.
According to Dailey the Fraser Cemetery Association, under the leadership of Connie Clayton, will place flags for fallen veterans resting at the Fraser Cemetery. The Grand Lake Women’s Club, with the support of the Town of Grand Lake, will handle honorary duties Grand Lake’s cemetery. Members of VFW Post 9374 and their family members will handle Kremmling’s memorial flag placements.
The American Legion Post 88, and associated family members, will be overseeing ceremonies at the Hot Sulphur Springs’ cemetery. Over in Granby, American Legion Post 88 will also be handling flag placement duties along with members of Cub Scout Pack 104 Troop 6 operating under the leadership of Becky Trail.
The kids from Boy Scout Troop 104 will also be honoring the spirit of Memorial Day by distributing buddy poppies. Poppies are symbolic flowers linked to veterans through their close association with World War I along the western front where poppies grew wild in the soils displaced by heavy artillery bombardments. Their distinctive almost blood red petals are also symbolically linked to the blood spilled by the fallen.
Grand Lake’s annual Memorial Day Parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. Monday morning from Triangle Park. Dailey stated the parade assembly will occur at 9:30 a.m.
“All veterans are asked to please walk (march), ride the people mover or your motorcycle with your fellow veterans,” Dailey stated. “All are asked to please attend the Veterans Memorial Ceremony held after the parade in the Grand Lake Town Square.”
Veterans and their family members are invited to attend the Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Pancho and Lefty’s after the memorial ceremony. The luncheon is free to veterans.
“On this Memorial Day, take time to reflect on the true meaning of this solemn occasion, remember those who gave all,” Dailey stated. “Remember that you can enjoy your freedom, thanks to these brave women and men that made the ultimate supreme sacrifice; their life; so that you may be able to enjoy freedom.”
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