Vets saluted at special dinner
Veterans Day DinnerThe Veterans Day Dinner was held on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Activity Center. Over 100 people were in attendance with veterans representing World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War. The Community Choir under the direction of Bob Cutting performed four numbers. The audience especially enjoyed the “Armed Forces Salute” where each branch of the service was recognized. Rusty Caldwell, the Post Commander 5485 and Master of Ceremonies for the evening welcomed everyone and made a few introductions.The dinner was catered by Easy Cuisine and as usual the food was wonderful, especially the chocolate brownies. The featured speaker was Chief Master Sergeant John Barrows, Security Forces Manager Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But more importantly, the son of our own Sharon Massaro. John delivered a very inspiring and heartwarming address and made the entire evening very worthwhile. I was so pleased to see veterans from the Vietnam era in the audience. I have observed that often these vets are missing from organized veteran’s ceremonies and it makes me sad. I lost a foster-brother and two schoolmates in Vietnam so I know first hand the confusion my generation feels toward war. But I firmly believe that these Vietnam veterans are entitled to our respect and recognition. I want to thank Fran Storm, the events coordinator at the Activity Center, for the dinner and for the fly over in the afternoon. Fran put a lot of work into securing the fly over for us and it was great – brought tears to my eyes and several of the people I was with. I also know that the kids at the elementary school were extremely impressed. Craft FairCongratulations to the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Parks & Rec District for yet another fantastic holiday craft fair. I don’t know how they do it; but the craft fair just seems to get better and better every year. The organization was superb and I spent way too much money, but I did get some Christmas shopping done.GVHS Drama ProductionThe Grand Valley High School Drama Class will be performing “Just Desserts” on Tues., Nov. 30 and Wed., Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafetorium. Hospice Tree DecoratingThe Hospice tree decorating takes place on Thurs., Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Activity Center. The Community Choir will be performing holiday musical selections.Story Book Christmas ConcertPlease join the Strictly Gospel Choir of the Grand Valley United Methodist Church for a Story Book Christmas Concert on Dec. 19 at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served during intermission and there is no charge for the concert.Mr. and Mrs. Santa ClausYes, both Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be at the Activity Center on Tues, Dec. 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come by and say hi and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Miss Garfield County will also be on hand to assist Mr. & Mrs. Claus.ThanksgivingSince today is Thanksgiving, I would like to thank my communities of Parachute and Battlement Mesa for supporting this column in the paper. Dani and I would like to thank everyone for all your support and concern during this past year with Dani’s continued health concerns.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or send an email to email@example.com.
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