Gov. Ritter coming to Rifle Friday |

Gov. Ritter coming to Rifle Friday

Heidi RiceGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE The Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle will celebrate its 20 year anniversary this weekend with a ceremony on Friday that includes a visit from Gov. Bill Ritter and a pig roast on Saturday.The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday with an invocation, the color guard and the Pledge of Allegiance. Administrator Bob Shaw will then welcome the group and Viki Manley, state director of the Office of State Veteran Nursing Homes will speak. Karen Beye from the governor’s office will introduce Ritter, who will give a 10-15 minute speech.”(The governor) feels very strongly about going back and talking to people all around the state like he did during his campaign,” said Evan Dreyer, spokesperson for the governor’s office. “He strongly believes that every person in every community matters.”Ritter is also expected to show his support of veterans, share the accomplishments of his office over the last nine months and listen to community concerns.His visit is part of an annual summer/fall statewide Outreach Tour, Dreyer said. He is also visiting the communities of Craig and Eagle on Friday and will tour the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado on Saturday.Following Ritter’s speech, there will be a reception with refreshments and punch. Ritter is expected to be at the Veteran’s Nursing Home from about 1:30 to 3 p.m.The celebration will continue on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Veteran’s Home with a pig roast and brisket barbecue.”This is a thank-you to all the current and former residents, their families and all veterans,” said Lisa Harnden, who handles marketing for the home.The Rifle High School choir will perform and there will be an unveiling of a statue made from stone donated from the Marble quarry, which is the same stone that was used to create the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.Members of the public, current and former residents and veteran’s and their families are invited to attend both events. There is no charge.For more information, contact the State Veteran’s Nursing Home at 625-0842.

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