A day for remembrances

Ceremonies honor Maybell veterans

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— Communities of all sizes come together each Memorial Day to show their appreciation for their veterans, and Maybell is no exception.

Honorary Memorial Day ceremonies took place in the Maybell Cemetery off Moffat County Road 19. The Craig honor guard, consisting of members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265 and American Legion Post 62, oversaw the event.

During the ceremony, the names of the seven known veterans at rest in the cemetery were recited as a tribute to their service in the armed forces. Honor guard member Bud Nelson, once a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, was the bugler for the company, playing the formal military musical piece "Taps" on his instrument in keeping with the tradition of military funerals.

As one of the 10 members of the honor guard, Moffat County Veteran Service Officer Bill Harding also took part in Maybell's observance of its servicemen.

"It was a good turnout for a small town," he said.

The attendance of the ceremony was about 20 to 30 people, many of whom sang "God Bless America" with keyboard accompaniment as part of the Maybell Bible Church choir.

Reverend Linda Taylor delivered an acclamation of the bravery of veterans in the form of a poem she composed.

"I would like to say 'Thank you' to all those who gave so freely, and when I look upon the faces of those still with us, standing so proudly in their uniforms, I know that I can still hear freedom ring in this wonderful country called the United States of America."

Paying homage to soldiers is very important to Taylor.

"I'm proud of everybody, and I'm proud of my country," she said.

After the service, the Maybell Women's Club provided refreshments. Everyone at hand eagerly consumed a layout of cookies, lemonade and iced tea.

"The Women's Club supplies food and drinks every year," club president Kathey Ogle said. "We just want the honor guard to know that we really appreciate their services."

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