Small but proud

VFW conducts ceremony for Maybell veterans

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The Maybell Cemetery is just a small plot of Moffat County, not too crowded or too close to town.

The white crosses Maybell resident Brian Pool put up some years ago for his 4-H community service project are faded, and some are missing.

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But seven new American flags wave proudly over the locations of veterans known to be buried there.

Wilson Morris is buried there. He lied about his age to join the Marine Corps at 17 years old. He joined too late for the invasion of Iwo Jima, but he served in occupied Japan for a time.

Morris and his wife, Betty, came to Maybell in 1996. Betty played music on her electric keyboard at the Maybell Memorial Day ceremonies Monday afternoon.

Wilson Morris is buried near other men who served in the military.

Gerald "Jim" Wooden, Dale Brannan, Ray Hobson, Ben Little and William Baker all served and now rest in the Maybell Cemetery.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 conducted military honors for the veterans Monday, including gun salutes and the playing of taps.

Reverend Linda Taylor called on parents to teach their youngsters about Memorial Day, to keep the tradition alive.

"It's an honor that we can do this every year," she said. "We need to teach the children that this is how we show respect for those who have fallen. They died for us and gave us the opportunity to say, 'This is home.'"

Mary Baker lived in Maybell for 40 years before moving to Craig.

Her husband, William Baker served in the U.S. Air Force after enlisting in 1942.

Mary Baker attended the ceremony in Maybell after she went to the one held earlier in Craig.

Her and her husband used to come to the Maybell Cemetery for Memorial Day before he passed away.

Rose White expressed the appreciation of the Maybell Women's Club for the VFW members holding a ceremony in Maybell for the fourth consecutive year.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com

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