Your Town, May 27, 2013
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I’m taking a trip down memory lane, recalling family gatherings of years gone by.
I spent almost every Memorial Day as a kid with my paternal grandparents and various aunts, uncles and cousins on Dad’s side of the family.
Dad, Mom and my two sisters and I would pile in the car and climb the familiar Red Mountain Pass from Silverton to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Montrose. We traversed the winding Million Dollar Highway so often in my youth I’d bet my Dad could haven driven it with his eyes closed.
Carloads of Dad’s relatives from the big city (Grand Junction) would drive down to gather at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and after gorging ourselves on buckets of fried chicken, potato salad and coolers filled with Shasta pop, we’d play endless games of badminton in the backyard, until it got too dark to see the birdie.
Priorities first, though. Before any of the fun activities got underway, we’d snake our way up the road to the cemetery on the hill and place flowers on the graves of relatives and service members who’d passed. It was tradition.
Tradition, I’m afraid has dwindled over the years as we’ve grown and had families of our own. Some of the cousins moved away, and many have passed.
Along with a trip down memory lane on Monday, I will take a shorter drive along the not-so-winding road to the Veterans Cemetery of Western Colorado to lay flowers at Dad’s gravestone and acknowledge others I’ve known who are honored there as well.
Whatever your Memorial Day traditions may be — JUCO games, barbecues, family time — I hope it’s a special day of remembrance for all.
The Palisade American Legion Auxiliary Memorial Poppy Drive will be from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday at the North Avenue Wal-Mart.
Donations to the auxiliary’s Poppy Program provides therapy for veterans with disabilities and who are hospitalized.
The Redlands Lions Club will place flags Monday in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama and Village Way subdivisions, as well as at some local Redlands area businesses.
Learn more about the flag service offered on 10 holidays throughout the year by calling 242-3222 or 433-7961.
Grand Junction Veterans Golden Age Games Team members will fly out of Grand Junction on Wednesday to participate in the National Veterans Games scheduled June 1–5 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Team members Tom Blachley, Darrel Chapman, Albert Atkinson, David Murphy, Debra Scott, Joe Replogle, Ed Wacker and Chuck Ackerman will join more than 1,000 other veterans from around the nation to compete in the national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program that is designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
The games feature 14 different sports and recreational activities.
Good luck to all participating.
Tickets are now on sale for the 46th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, serving from 6 a.m.– 2 p.m. June 15 at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Make it your breakfast, brunch, lunch or an early afternoon “snack.”
Tickets are $5 for one adult or two children younger than 12. Tickets are available at the door. The all-you-can-eat meal features pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee and juice along with live entertainment, a cake walk for kids and a silent auction.
Proceeds from Pancake Day are donated to local nonprofit organizations that help children.
Call Rita Crumpton at 216-1707 for information.
Swedes of the Grand Valley will have its midsummer celebration picnic June 2 at Hawthorne Park.
Participants will gather at 4 p.m. and eat at 5 p.m.
Call Sharon at 263-8406 for more information.
The third annual West End potluck picnic will be from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. June 8 at Longs Park, at the Grand Mesa Shelter.
Take your own service, drink of choice and a potluck dish. Coffee will be furnished.
Call 254-8088 for information.
Pear Park Baptist School will have a reunion for all former and current teachers, students, graduates and their families on June 8 at Pear Park Baptist Church, 3102 E Road.
An open house will be from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., with lunch provided at noon.
Call 434-4113 for information.
The Grand Junction High School class of 1964 is seeking missing classmates for its 50th class reunion, scheduled in 2014.
Fruita Monument High School Band will have a yard sale from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. June 1 in the Fruita Monument High School parking lot, adjacent to U.S. Highway 6&50.
Proceeds from sales will be used to help fund the band’s April 2014 trip to Seattle.
Western Colorado Chapter Hearing Loss Association of America will have a picnic from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. June 1 at Columbine Park, on 28 1/4 Road, just south of Orchard Avenue.
The chapter will provide grilled burgers and drinks. Take a side dish according to your last name — A–H, appetizer; I–O dessert; P–Z, vegetable or side dish.
People of all ages and types of hearing loss are welcome, along with family and friends.
Thunder Mountain Camera Club is now meeting a the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, May 28 this month.
Call Kathleen at 260-7488 for information.