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Ribbons honor vets for their contribution

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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The ribbons are small, but the message is big.”We feel like veterans need special recognition for the simple reason that we wouldn’t have any freedoms without them,” said Connie Hollenbeck, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28.

“They’ve protected us,” said Michelle Valdez, also with the legion. “We can never say thank you enough to everyone who’s serving now, in the past, and in the future.”Hollenbeck, Valdez and Jo Diaz handed out some of the red, white and blue ribbons at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle Friday morning. But more of the 150 ribbons they and five other American Legion Auxiliary members made will be given out on Veterans Day.”We’re very thankful for the American Legion providing them for us,” said Deana Jacoby, activities director for the Veterans home. “The guys are very glad to have them.”

Marvin Reynolds, who has lived for years in Aspen, thought the gift of the ribbons was a fine idea. He joined the Army Air Corps, which is now the Air Force, he said, and got out in 1945. Reynolds served as an airplane mechanic in the Pacific, in areas such as the Philippine Islands.”I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that don’t even realize what the poor devils who saved their country from being taken over by Hitler have gone through. … If it hadn’t been for the Veterans it would have been a completely different situation.”Diaz said eight legion ladies worked in an assembly line to make the ribbons. Some cut, some glued, some folded, and some added the smaller yellow ribbon. Mildred Meeker got the ball rolling.

“She has made these ribbons since 9/11,” Hollenbeck said. “She suggested that we do this for the Veterans for Veterans day.”Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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