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Bill Harding: Families need to call, identify servicemen

— In order to recognize our local veterans, and/or local families of veterans whose loved ones are inscribed on the Wall in Washington, D.C., and to have the opportunity for those servicemen and women to be recognized for their sacrifice during the Vietnam War while the Moving Wall is in Craig Aug. 8 to Aug. 13, we need family members to call my office so we can try to identify, mark and, if possible, to put together a brief history of their Vietnam service and death.

Response to this note has led me to two more veterans killed in action, who have family in the Northwest Colorado region. It also has led me to the 37 names of the Colorado POW/ MIA’s still unaccounted for during these past 34 years since the last official release of POWs from the conflict.

Please contact my office as soon as possible to allow us to gather the data required. Hopefully you have seen the flyers posted around town with the wall silhouette and the yellow VN service ribbon.

Ceremony schedule for the wall includes:

• Aug. 6 and/or 7: Construction of base platform

• Aug. 8: Setup upon arrival, including addition of plantings and benches, roadside directional signage installed, security details to commence, and sunset “TAPS”

• Aug. 9: Local opening ceremony at 11 a.m.

• Aug. 11: Official opening ceremonies at 11 a.m., with keynote speakers

• Aug. 13: Closing ceremonies at 11 a.m. Take down and storage of mementos left. Site clean up.

• Sunset “TAPS” will be played each evening the wall is on site

World War II certificates

We still have several certificates that were presented at the WWII ceremonial dinners in Craig during the 60th Anniversary celebrations of WWII along with the dedication of the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.

If you are a family member, or know one of these WWII vets, please contact my office so we can get the certificate to you. We will be closing out this program and disposing of the unclaimed documents at the end of this year unless they are picked up.

They include:

Alvarez, Robt. A.; Barrick, Geo.; Benson, Jack; Blankenship, Doug; Brennise, Ray; Brooks, Jack; Brown, Gerald; Elits, John & Cora; Frary, John; Gray, Charles; Green, Ray; Hahn, Ray; Howe, Charles; Levkulich, Geo.; Lindley, Edgar; Medlen, Geo.; Pollock, Benton; Richens, Lloyd; Rogers, Merle; Roy, Frank; Sanchez, Herm.; Signs, Wes; Solace, Chet; Southard, Wm.; and Watson, Ervan

Craig Veterans Clinic

No word from the Grand Junction VAMC yet. Enrollment has slowed significantly. We still need vets to enroll so this clinic can succeed. If you have never enrolled into the VA Healthcare program, now is the time.

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 The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

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