Events to honor deceased veterans

The three-day Memorial Day weekend plays host to family gatherings, backyard cookouts and yard work, or better yet — watching Alpine Bank Junior College World Series baseball games at Suplizio Field.

But more importantly, it’s a time of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

A number of public patriotic events will pay tribute to these fallen men and women.

Sunday

The Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard will have a Retreat Ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway. The guard will formally lower and retire the American flag for the evening. A flag retirement and burning ceremony will follow at 6:15 p.m. Take any old or worn flags to the service to be retired. Information: 263-8986.

Monday

Fleet Reserve Association Colorado West Branch 244 and LA FRA Unit 244 will have its annual wreath floating ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. at the Blue Heron boat ramp on the Colorado River. The parking lot is on the south side of the Redlands Parkway, just north of the Colorado River bridge. Anyone interested in floating a wreath in memory of a deceased military family member can take one to the ceremony.

Natural flower wreaths are recommended. Information: 434-0868.

Memorial Gardens Cemetery will have its Celebration of Life ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2970 North Ave. The ceremony features full military honor guard with gun salute, a roll call of loved ones interred this past year, a flag presentation, balloon release, dove release and bagpipe music. A barbecue catered by Cowboy and the Rose will follow, with proceeds donated to Hospice of Western Colorado. Information: 243-3490.

A Memorial Day ceremony, conducted by the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway. The ceremony will offer remarks by local government officials, and representatives of service organization will conduct a memorial service for deceased veterans. Those attending should take seating. Information: 263-8986.

52nd anniversary 10th Mountain Division gathering, 11 a.m. at the division’s World War II Memorial Monument at the summit of Tennessee Pass, on U.S. Highway 24, between Leadville and Minturn. Ceremony features speaker Rep. Mike Coffman and the Lake County High School Band. Take lawn chairs. Lunch follows at Ski Cooper Lodge, also at the summit of Tennessee Pass. Information: 303-987-9489.


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