Memorial Day events scheduled throughout valley

Several events this holiday weekend will honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military”

■ At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway, a retreat ceremony will be at 
6 p.m. today,  and the Memorial Day Ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Monday.

Call 263-8986 for information.

■ A Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Elmwood Cemetery, 1175 17 1/4 Road, in Fruita.

■ Redlands Lions Club will place flags Monday morning in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama and Village Way subdivisions, as well as some Redlands area businesses.

Call 242-3222 or 433-7961 for information on flag service in these areas.

■ The Fleet Reserve Association, Colorado West Branch 244, and LA FRA Unit 224 will sponsor its annual Wreath Floating Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at the Blue Heron Boat Ramp on the Colorado River.

Anyone interested in floating a wreath in memory of a deceased military, firefighter or law enforcement family member is invited to bring the wreath to the ceremony. Natural flower wreaths are recommended.

■ Local Boy Scouts will assist the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center in posting the Avenue of Flags this Memorial Day. The scouts put the flags up at 7 a.m. and bring them in at 4 p.m.

■ The Grand Junction Memorial Gardens, 2970 North Ave., invites the public to its Memorial Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon Monday.

The Taps Report begins at 11 a.m., and families can add names to be read during Taps. The flag-raising is at noon.

■ The Grand Junction Area REALTOR Association is sponsoring a flag installation and patriotic ceremony in honor of our country’s fallen veterans. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Realtors will be placing 1,000 flags at 18 different sites between Collbran and Fruita.

The event will conclude on the steps of the Old Mesa County Courthouse with a short patriotic ceremony beginning at 7:30 a.m.

■ The Historic Whitewater Cemetery gates are open and will remain open for visitation through 6 p.m. Monday. The cemetery is on an adobe hill southeast of the town of Whitewater.

Nine veterans — Confederate, Union and World War II — are buried at the cemetery, and their graves are designated with small American flags.

Because of cactus on the grounds, visitors should wear closed-toe shoes.


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