Memorial Day service, troop rally today
For many Americans, Memorial Day unofficially signals the start of summer. No matter that the summer solstice is nearly a month out – typically Memorial Day weekend is right around the time school’s out for summer break, so naturally thoughts turn to vacations and outdoor activities.But Memorial Day has much deeper meanings. Originally observed on the last Monday in May 1868 to mourn the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War, Memorial Day later came to honor all American soldiers who’ve died fighting in any war after World War I. In December 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time, all Americans voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect. Regionally, Memorial Day observances include:-The American Legion Post 83’s memorial service is at 11 a.m. at Rosebud Cemetery in south Glenwood Springs. The service will include an invocation by Victor Kimminau, deacon of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church; the Lowering of the Colors by Boy Scout Troop 225; the Laying of the Wreaths by the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Pledge of Allegiance by Auxiliary Ladies; a memorial address by Major Brian Deleplane; singing and tributes by Glenwood Springs High School students Tyro Markle, Liz Henne and Chris Toler; and “Taps” by Emily Cochran. -The second rally to support the troops and their families is at 1 p.m., at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. People are encouraged to bring pictures of loved ones serving around the world and share stories about them. The Lions Club will serve lunch, with proceeds to benefit community projects. For more information call Mildred Alsdorf at 945-2377 or Debra Brainard at 945-9124.-A gathering of veterans of the 10th Mountain Division at 11 a.m., at the World War II Memorial Monument at the summit of Tennessee Pass on Highway 24 between Leadville and Minturn, to honor their fallen comrades. The 10th Mountain Division trained at Camp Hale and fought in Italy.Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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