Service groups celebrate veterans

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Elks and the Lions clubs are coordinating a local celebration to honor those veterans who served in World War II.

The festivities will coincide with the dedication of the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 29.

Bill Harding, the veterans service officer for Moffat County, said the day locally is going to be a special one for World War II vets.

"All the services groups came together in a joint effort to recognize and honor the World War II veterans of the area," he said.

The local dedication ceremony will be held at the VFW post. Harding said the groups are working on some of the details such as the food preparation and exact times for each event.

"We plan to have several televisions on during the actual dedication, which happens at noon here and will follow with a ceremony and presentations to veterans or surviving relatives," he said.

The VFW and the American Legion have been searching for local World War II veterans so their names can be put on the memorial. To date, 50 to 60 veterans who reside in Moffat County and southern Wyoming have been located.

"There have been around 140 requests from surviving family members of World War II vets," he said.

The VFW will provide a color guard for the Grand Olde West Days Parade and would like to encourage World War II veterans and their spouses to ride in the parade.

"This all happens the same weekend, and (we) want to honor these men for serving in our armed forces," he said.

"Not everyone is able to travel clear to Washington, D.C. This celebration makes us all part of it," he said.

The World War II Memorial is at the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Construction took just less than four years to complete at a final estimated cost of $67.5 million.

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