Memorial Day ceremonies slated Monday in Garfield County |

Memorial Day ceremonies slated Monday in Garfield County

Dan LeVan organizes flags to be placed on the graves of veterans at Rosebud Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day on Friday afternoon.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Take the time this three-day weekend to remember the reason why our country celebrates Memorial Day in the first place. Around Garfield County there are a number of different ceremonial proceedings taking place that the public is invited to attend.

Glenwood Springs’ American Legion Post 83 event

At 4 p.m. Friday, the Glenwood Springs’ American Legion Post 83 is seeking volunteers to help with the flag posting ceremony at the Rosebud Cemetery. They’ll be working with the Noon Rotary Club to post more than 500 flags on the graves of fallen veterans. To participate, volunteers should meet by the brick building near the cemetery, and for more information, or if you have questions, Dan E. Levan can be contacted at 970-618-1910.

Eight-year-old Paul Gudino carries a bundle of flags to be placed on the graves of veterans at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood the Friday before Memorial Day 2020.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

At 11 a.m. this Monday, at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs, the local American Legion Post will be conducting its annual commemoration ceremony to honor those who have served our country. This year, there will be a “changing of the guard” component as well. The American Legion will be handing the responsibility of conducting the ceremony to the Western Colorado Memorial Day Riders. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and watch the ceremony occur.

Events in Rifle

From 1-3 p.m. on Monday, there will be a Memorial Day motorcycle ride. The participating motorcyclists will meet at Rifle’s Deerfield Park before driving through the town to celebrate. Kathy Pototsky, public information officer for Rifle, said, “It’s going to be nuts. There’s going to be 500-plus motorcycles for that. … It’s a really big event.”

There will also be a soft opening of the Rifle Metro Pool Saturday. Pototsky said it won’t be fully open until the following weekend, since student employees need to finish up the school year in order to have the pool fully staffed.

Roughly 500 flags will be placed at Rosebud Cemetery Friday for Memorial Day.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

To celebrate graduates from Rifle High School’s Class of 2021, there will be a parade procession at 1 p.m. Saturday. It will begin at Rifle High School and follow a route toward Deerfield Park on the Colorado Highway 13 bypass. It will wrap up by completing the stretch down Railroad Avenue.

Carbondale’s American Legion Post 100 event

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, there will be a color guard ceremony at White Hill Cemetery in Carbondale, from the town’s American Legion Post 100. At 9:30 a.m. there will be another ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery on Eighth Street, and then at 10 a.m. the procession will conclude at the Veterans Memorial Bridge for a wreath tossing into the Roaring Fork River. Post Cmdr. David Jackson said it is the same thing they do every year, and they hope to see more people come out now that pandemic restrictions have loosened.

Reporter Jessica Peterson can be reached at 970-279-3462 or

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