Red, white and blue flags flew gloriously in the warm morning breeze at the Cedaredge Cemetery on Memorial Day.
Gary Tollefson, VFW Post 9221, opened the ceremony by reminding everyone the words "Happy Memorial Day" mean more than many people realize.
Just over 100 years ago, and the nation was slowly recovering from World War I. To honor those who had given so much during the conflict and who needed care, a group of 20 war-weary American officers serving in France met to form what would become one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States: The American Legion.
The Crawford American Legion Lynch-Cotten Post 190 will Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27, at Crawford Cemetery. Each year, according to Legionnaire Larry Kontour, the post honors veterans who have passed away in the last year.
Today we are a nation at war against terrorism. The armed forces of the United States are fighting the terrorist armed forces in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq and are working hard to protect our country against those who would do us harm. It is more important than ever that we honor all veterans who have lost their lives in war.
Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571, Harry A. White American Legion Post #65, and their Auxiliaries, assisted by the Civil Air Patrol Delta County Cadet Squadron, presented Memorial Day ceremonies at Mesa View and Delta City Cemeteries.
There will be Memorial Day observances in Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford this weekend.
Today we are a nation at war against terrorism. The armed forces of the United States are fighting the terrorist armed forces in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq and are working hard to protect our country against those who would do us harm.
The Fruitland Mesa Club is asking folks in the community to donate pies for its annual Memorial Day dinner, scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at the Crawford Methodist Church.
Monday, May 29, was a day set aside for remembering the fallen men and women who fought for the freedom of every American. Each person celebrates and remembers in their own fashion.
Surrounded by impossibly large buildings, cheered on by masses of spectators, and supported from thousands of miles away by their hometown, the Cedaredge High School Music Department marched down historic Constitution Avenue blasting the school fight song.
With the waters of the swollen North Fork River roaring below, members of American Legion Wilson Head Post 97 held their annual ceremony at the Grand Avenue Bridge Monday while a small group of observers bowed their heads and held their hands over their hearts.
"Help us to remember with reverence the valor and devotion of our departed comrades," said Joe Kaputa, a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam.
While the average age of American Legion members at Crawford Cemetery at last Sunday's Memorial Day service hovered somewhere above 60, those at the ceremony couldn't help but notice young Brady Todd. The former Marine is the newest member of the Crawford American Legion Lynch-Cotten Post 190.
Before the annual Memorial Day ceremonies began Sunday at Crawford Cemetery, American Legion District 11 Commander Jimmy Davidson recognized four long-time local Legion members. "They have been faithful members of Lynch-Cotten Post," Davis told the crowd of about 200 who had gathered for the occasion.
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