Don Dorland holds the Veterans of Foreign Wars flag Monday during a Memorial Day service in Maybell. More than 30 people attended the memorial at the town's cemetery.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Don Dorland holds the Veterans of Foreign Wars flag Monday during a Memorial Day service in Maybell. More than 30 people attended the memorial at the town's cemetery.

Crowd pays respects in Maybell

The grass was mowed, flowers were placed on the graves, American flags waved from their posts and residents of Maybell came out to honor the dead.

At 3 p.m. Monday at the Maybell Cemetery, more than 30 people came to pay their respects.

Bill Harding, Moffat County Veteran Service Officer, said every veteran in Maybell, even the unknown ones, should be honored.

There are multiple unmarked graves in the Maybell Cemetery, but even those graves received flowers.

"The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is on Veterans Day, we honor all veterans," Harding said. "Today, we honor and remember the dead."

Harding said there are at least seven veterans in the Maybell Cemetery, including:

• Gerald L. Wooden

• Dale C. Brannan

• Ray Hobson

• Wilson J.B. Morris

• Ben L. Little

• William J. Baker

• David Lee O'Connor

The Maybell Women's Club sponsors the memorial and provides refreshments.

An honor guard made of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 members oversaw the event. After the ceremony, Michael Lausin played "Taps."

Kathey Ogle, president of the Maybell Women's Club, helped to prepare the cemetery for the ceremony.

"We're happy it didn't start raining," she said. "And we're happy that the VFW came to help us out."

Reverend Linda Taylor spoke about how every veteran who died in war, died for a cause.

"We are here to honor the men and women we call our heroes," Taylor said. "Whether they came home alive, wounded or in flag-draped casket, we remember those who paid the ultimate price.

"And today, we honor them."

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