Events to honor our fallen heroes Memorial Day weekend |

Events to honor our fallen heroes Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day, always held the last Monday in May, is a federal holiday to commemorate all the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Folks wishing to honor our heroes may do so at the following public events:


On Friday afternoon, May 24, at 3 p.m., flags will be placed on the graves at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Pkwy., by the Western Slope Chapter of the Harley Owners Group and Patriot Guard Riders. Anyone wishing to help is invited.


The Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony of Pvt. Leroy T. Harris of Griffin’s Company – Virginia Light Artillery (Salem Flying Artillery) is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Orchard Mesa Cemetery.


On Sunday evening, May 26, at 6 p.m., a Retreat Ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In this ceremony, the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard will formally lower and retire the American flag for the evening. At 6:15 p.m., the Honor Guard will conduct a Flag Retirement and Burning Ceremony and properly dispose of unserviceable American flags.


Fleet Reserve Association Colorado West Branch 244 and LA FRA Unit 244 will host their annual Wreath Floating Ceremony on Memorial Day 9 a.m. Monday, May 27. The ceremony, designed to pay honor to our deceased military service members, will be held 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 may do so by bringing the wreath to the ceremony. Natural flower wreaths are recommended.

Also on May 27, at 10-11 a.m., a Memorial Day ceremony honoring all veterans, living and dead will be held at Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard will conduct a memorial service for deceased veterans of the Armed Forces.

The public is invited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. For more information, call 970-263-8986.

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