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Memorial Day event turnout a disgrace

Dear Editor,

Memorial Day, originally know as Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our nation. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and first observed on May 30, 1868.

It has since evolved into just another 3-day weekend for most Americans, many of whom do not know or do not care what the meaning and tradition of Memorial Day is.



This was only too evident at the Support our Troops event at Sayre Park on Memorial Day 2003. Even as our troops are still coming under fire in Iraq, less than 50 people bothered to attend the event.

It was, nevertheless, a special and emotional time. Speeches by Major Delaplane of the U.S. Army, Mayor Vanderhoof, and others were inspirational. A low-level fly over by the Grand Junction Air National guard was spectacular.



But to me the most emotional moment came when four young men from the Glenwood Springs High School sang the national anthem. I am so proud that we have some young people in this community and world that have some integrity and honor. These are the same young people who have died and are dying for this country so that we may enjoy our freedoms.

So where were all you people on this day of remembrance? Probably mountain biking, river rafting, kayaking, riding your motorcycles, barbecuing, drinking a beer, etc. Enjoying all those freedoms these young people died for.

Shame on you for not being there.

God Bless America

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs


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