Saturday, Sept. 24, members of VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary honorably retired 50 U.S. flags at Fort Uncompahgre. Post commander Corky Ware and Auxiliary president Jennifer Wright directed the explanation of the flag retirement process to the invited guests -- nearly 60 Boy and Girl Scouts, their leaders and parents, and members of American Legion Post 65. This somber retirement is not a public ceremony, but a dignified and final honor for the symbol of the United States of America. Post 3571 uses the annual flag retirement ceremony to help teach Delta area Scouts the basics of the United States Flag Code, including the final burning and interment of U.S. flags that are no longer suitable for service. This retirement procedure has been used by the U.S. military for over 200 years.
The Flag Code, under title 4.13 of the United States Code, states, "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
After a prayer, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and demonstration of the proper method of folding a United States flag, the Scouts assisted the veterans in the final retirement of the colors of their nation. All present had time to reflect on the status and honor due the living symbol of the United States of America as the flags were "laid to rest" accompanied by the playing of "Taps," the traditional end of a military funeral ceremony.
The members of VFW Post 3571 and its auxiliary wish to thank the Scouts, their parents and leaders for their participation and express their gratitude to Chris Miller, executive director of the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado, for allowing the use of Fort Uncompahgre for this hallowed event.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.