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Soldiers’ glory

Ryan Graff
Post Independent Staff Writer

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – This year’s grand marshal float for the Strawberry Days parade needs to be big.

Local soldiers returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom will serve as the 2003 Strawberry Days grand marshals.

According to Sue LaGiglia, a volunteer who is helping to organize the grand marshal’s float, the switch from one or two grand marshals was made because event organizers recognized the sacrifices that service people made serving the country.



“Amazing to me … were the conditions,” said LaGiglia, in reference to the war with Iraq. “Windstorms were so bad, if you didn’t have your hands attached to something, you’d get lost.”

Some soldiers saw weather ranging from stinging cold rain to “temperatures soaring as high as 140 degrees,” and dealt with desert sand 24 hours a day, said LaGiglia.



Some soldiers came home for Strawberry Days as early as Sunday.

“For the most part they’re not here yet,” says LaGiglia.

For soldiers who have not yet returned, family members will represent them, holding pictures of their serviceperson on the parade float.

“I think it will be really great,” said LaGiglia. “Everyone’s heart is there.”

All local servicemen and women who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom are invited to be a grand marshal.

If any Operation Iraqi Freedom servicepeople or their families would like to participate and have not yet been contacted, they should call Sue LaGiglia at 384-4239.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

rgraff@postindependent.com


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