Your Town, June 10, 2012
The wind this spring has been relentless, but there was a day last month that I found it rather heartwarming.
My mom, my sister and I visited the Veterans Cemetery of Western Colorado to place a wreath the Saturday prior to Memorial Day — the day that wind gusts were expected to hit upwards of 60 mph During our visit, the wind was steadily whipping the hundreds of smaller flags that had been placed at the gravestones as well as the numerous larger flags that lined the fence along D Road.
I was in awe of the sound that the larger flags made as they flapped nonstop in the wind. What I heard was likened to an audience clapping after a rousing performance in a grand concert hall. It was so appropriate for the setting too — a hearty round of applause — an enthusiastic display of approval and appreciation to the veterans — from an attentive audience of Ol’ Glories.
Flag Day, when people across the United States celebrate and honor the U.S. flag and commemorate its adoption, is June 14.
According to The Library of Congress website (memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun14.html ), “President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation in 1916, establishing a national Flag Day on June 14. Since that time, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes that day. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949.”
And every year on Flag Day, the Redlands Lions Club puts out flags for its customers residing in the Seasons, Tiarado, Panorama, South Broadway and Redlands Village areas.
Flags are placed in front of residences on nine holidays a year for a fee of $30. The delivery year is July 1–June 30 and fees can be prorated.
Flags are also delivered Sept. 11, to make up for any holiday missed because of inclement weather or frozen receptacles.
Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222, Skip Hughes at 243-6785 or Dave McLinay at 433-7961 for information.
The American Cancer Grand Junction Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. Friday and will continue through 11 a.m. Saturday at Long’s Family Park, 3117 F Road.
Team can form and walk to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Visit http://www.relayforlife.org/relay for information.
Happy 22nd anniversary to the Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway.
The group will celebrate with a Culinary Cultural Event at 2 p.m. today at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.
“Techniques and Tips for Making Scandinavian Open-Face Sandwiches” will be given and members and guests will make their own lunch with all ingredients supplied. A suggested donation of $3 for supplies is appreciated. Dessert is a surprise!
Call Barb at 245-5649 or Thor at 249-8691 or visit http://www.vestafjelllodge.org for information.
Grand Junction High School class of 1972 will have its 40th reunion Friday and Saturday.
There will be an FAC from 6–9 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a buffet-style dinner at Redlands Community Center. Ralph Dinosaur will provide entertainment with music and dancing from 9–11:30 p.m.
The Grand Valley School class of 1962 will host the 19th annual Grand Valley School reunion June 19 at Cottonwood Park in Parachute.
There will be coffee and donuts at 10 a.m. with a potluck lunch at noon. Take your favorite dish to share, a beverage and lawn chairs. Coffee, plates, napkins and cutlery will be provided.
Call Geri Musgrave at 303-794-4013 for information.
The Fruita Monument High School class of 1982 will have its 30th reunion July 13-14.
Visit fmhs.mesa.k12.co.us and click on the class of 1982 link or call Todd at 858-7866 for information.
River Run for Orphans, an effort to raise awareness and resources for orphans around the world, nationally and locally, is set for Saturday at Eagle Rim Park, 2746 Cheyenne Drive.
There will be booths, a bounce house and prize drawings along with the one-mile and five- and 10-kilometer run-walks. The one mile event gets under way at 9 a.m. and the five- and 10-kilometer events at 9:30 a.m. The course is USATF certified and the race will be chip timed.
Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers in three age categories with medals for top finishers.
Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and younger. Visit http://www.active.com for information or to register.