Bill Harding: Seeking a 'Grand Olde' parade

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On Saturday, local veterans will lead the Grand Olde West Day parade once again.

Participants will assemble at the Craig Middle School north parking lot at 1 p.m. to decorate the float and then pull out a 2 p.m. to start the parade.

The Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion and its Sons of the American Legion are asking that all veterans, vet widows and Gold Star widows join and ride the trailer to honor serviceman and -women who are serving or have passed.

Memorial Day

The real reason for this holiday is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the time of war or returned from those wars and are now laid to rest in our local cemetery.

Since last year's Memorial Day, final honors have been given to 14 more of our local veterans.

They will be honored at 11 a.m. Monday along with the others who have served since the Civil war and whose remains are interred at the Craig Cemetery.

There also will be services at Maybell's at 3 p.m..

Memorial Day flag

etiquette

Don't forget to fly your American flag at half-staff until noon Monday.

All veterans are encouraged to wear their medals on that holiday. Also it is customary to rise, uncover and cover your heart when the flag of our country approaches in a parade.

I know it's real easy to keep sitting in those portable chairs, but in all my years leading the local parades, I haven't seen one stolen yet as the flag passes by.

Show some respect for your national colors and those who have died defending it.

Gravesite flag

placement

Gravesite flag commences at 5 p.m. Sunday.

All veteran graves in the vet sections and throughout the cemetery will be marked.

If we have missed your loved one's stone because it isn't marked as a typical vet headstone, please meet us out there that evening so we don't miss anyone.

There also will be extra flags at the services on Monday so that any remaining unmarked graves can be and that grave added to the complied list.

Fraud alert

On April 15, a mass e-mail was sent to thousands of random e-mail address claiming to be a customer satisfaction survey from the Moffat County National Bank.

The e-mail originated in India but had a local bank logo and a link to the survey sheet. The questions were to "verify" your personal information so you could receive an $80 deposit. If you responded to this or any other communication claiming to be from this bank, please contact them immediately. This incident is an example to the typical scam referred to as "phishing."

For more detailed information of various forms of fraud visit www.fraud.org.

Hometown Heroes

The Hometown Heros community picnic last Saturday was a huge success.

The weather was great, the turnout was almost 200 folks and the 13/40 Band did a great

job entertaining the crowd.

I wish to thank everyone that joined with the Craig Daily Press to make this event a success.

I also wish to thank the young presenters that spoke. Another thank-you is for everyone that supplied tents, desserts and other foodstuffs. If you left hungry, it was your own fault.

For information on these programs and/or other veterans' benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. (west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot). Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. Our e-mail address is veterans@moffatcounty.net.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment only.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

Comments

bigrred1576 6 years, 7 months ago

Please stand, uncover your head and cover your heart, when the flags pass by. It only take a minute to show respect to the veterans and the flag, that gives you the freedom to even watch the parade. Hopefully the CDP will post a better picture this year than last.

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lonelyone 6 years, 7 months ago

You guys are so right. It really takes very little effort to shut up for a few minutes and be respectful, but so many just don't seem to know how. Makes me want to get after them and my husband has a time or two reminded men to remove their hats. Is it because we stopped all this stuff in the schools so long ago that so many have so little respect? Man, that makes me mad!

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