Veteran’s Corner: A time to remember those who served |

Veteran’s Corner: A time to remember those who served

Duane Dailey
Veteran’s Corner

Memorial Day is the non-official start to the summer season here in the Grand County.

Memorial Day is truly the most solemn of all United States holidays, a time to remember those American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice, to keep our country free.

The true meaning of Memorial Day though dates back to the days of the Civil War. Originally it was called Decoration Day, a day when family members would take time out of their lives to quietly attend to the graves of their loved ones, by planting flowers and sprucing up the graves of those loved ones. By the mid 20th Century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died, in service to their country. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, or parades to commemorate this special day

Locally, here in Grand County, the cemeteries are attended to, and graves marked by small American flags by patriotic freedom-loving community-minded individuals and groups.

In Fraser, under the leadership of Connie Clayton, the Fraser Cemetery Association erects American-made flags.

Grand Lake Cemetery is attended to by the Grand Lake Women’s Club, and the Town of Grand Lake. Kremmling’s is served by members of VFW Post 9374, and family members.

Hot Sulphur Springs has its flags done by American Legion Post 88, and family members.

Granby Cemetery is attended to by American Legion Post 88, and Cub Scout Pack No. 104, under the leadership of Kim King Smith.

The annual Memorial Day parade in Grand Lake, is truly an amazing successful endeavor, thanks to the efforts of an amazing group of individuals and groups.

Please attend the parade that kicks off at 1O a.m. on, Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

All veterans, please, walk (march), ride the people mover or your motorcycle with your fellow VETS.

All, please attend the veterans .Memorial Ceremony, after the parade in the Grand Lake Town Square, and veterans and family members please attend the pot-luck dinner at Pancho and Lefty’s after the Veterans Memorial ceremony in Grand Lake Town Square.

Most importantly on this Memorial Day, take time to reflect on the true meaning of this solemn occasion, remember those who gave all.

Remember that you can enjoy your freedom, thanks to these brave women and men that made the supreme sacrifice.

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