Thanks to those who help lay veterans to rest

My father was interred at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction with full honor guard. This is the most impressive memorial I have ever witnessed. The Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard is one of the finest group of volunteers.

The amount of respect and honor they displayed during the ceremony brought me to tears. In our modern age of incivility, the respect shown at the ceremony is something for all of us to strive to display toward others.

We are lucky in the Grand Valley to have a group of volunteers that put Duty, Honor, Country into action. They are one of the few honor guards left in the United States that still do a full ceremony involving rifle volley, live “Taps” (not recorded), pastoral invocation and flag presentation. The final touching moment was watching my father get one last ride in a fully restored military jeep into the immortal ranks of brother veterans. All of this was done by volunteers who give their time to practice the ceremony to perfection to honor the veteran for their duty, with their honor, for their country. Thank you.


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Local Fourth of July parade could use more participants

My wife and I were privileged to live in Flagstaff, Arizona for 15 years and able to attend their Fourth of July Parade which usually consisted of at least 25 to 30 distinct units. Those included patrol and fire vehicles from the National Park Service, Forest Service, and BLM; vehicle from local search and rescue unit; municipal fire department engine; police, sheriff (all honoring local heroes); airport vehicle of some sort; animal rescue groups (we were honored to escort two greyhounds on leash in one parade); at least one equestrian group; two or more dance and cheer groups; Chamber of Commerce; community band ensemble riding on a flatbed; several small country, jazz, and blue grass groups riding on trucks; representatives from Northern Arizona University; a Hispanic dance group; League of Women Voters; Rotary; Lions Club; VFW and American Legion, and even some “floats” sponsored by local restaurants and bakeries. Yes, they also had motorcycles, lowriders, and trucks but with a limited number of each.

Also, there were marching bands from all three local high schools plus some bands from schools in neighboring communities even though it was summertime. Band directors managed to get a contingent together for the parade.

The Grand Junction Fourth of July Parade, as well as others, are splendid opportunities for local organizations and groups to get publicity at the “cost” of getting some people together to walk or ride. We have all or most of the groups listed above in Mesa County. Can we have them in future parades?


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If you love Louisiana cooking, don’t miss exceptional brunch

My wife, Linda, heard Dixie Burmeister on the radio recommending Caroline’s Restaurant at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. They are offering a three-course Sunday Jazz Brunch, Louisiana Creole Style, with three selections in each course for one price, $25 per person. My wife asked, “Should we go?” Easy choice for me as I became addicted to Louisiana cooking in 1998 after attending Prudomme’s Cajun Café in Carencro, Lousiana (widely considered a candidate for the best restaurant in the world now out of business after Enola Prudomme’s husband became sick). My addiction was reinforced while traveling recently in Central Louisiana with Grand Junction friends who grew up in Louisiana. When I asked the friend’s father what he did, he replied “I make gumbo.” He did. I had some. It was fantastic.

I am now suggesting you can have an exceptional dining experience at the Sunday Jazz Brunch without having to travel to Louisiana. Caroline’s new dinning room has a vaulted ceiling with lots of outside light, soft live guitar music in the background, fantastic food, and a quiet intimate feeling that supports good conversation. Reservations recommended.


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