Bill Harding: Honor those who fight for freedom |

Bill Harding: Honor those who fight for freedom

Bill Harding

— Hopefully yesterday you attended an event that honored those who fought for our independence in 1776, and all those who have defended, or are defending, our way of life today on foreign shores, at sea or in the skies.

You just have to read the newspaper or watch the news to know that we, the free western world, are still under attack from terrorist extremists and have been since 9/11 or even the first attack on the Twin towers.

Our allies in Great Britain/Scotland have been tested this past week. Our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are tested daily.

All while we sat in our driveways or drove to the best site to be thrilled by the flashes of bright lights and explosive booms during our fire works displays. Civilians in other countries heard and felt the same type of explosive vibrations but they were hiding behind walls because those rounds are deadly.

We worry about starting a fire that might destroy some of our property or belongings. They huddle behind shelter hoping they are not targets.

Surely, we as a community, as a nation, are hoping that as civilians, they would have the security of assembling for work, shopping or other normal daily activities without threat of terrorist attack.

That is the true meaning on Independence.

Craig Veterans Clinic

Discussions with the VAMC staff responsible for the development of the clinic say that the project is moving forward, they are evaluating a building, still advertising and interviewing nurses and looking at the opening for services by the end of this September.

Vietnam Moving Wall

Arrives in just more than a month from now. It is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, August 8 and leave Monday, August 13. Fundraising and volunteers are being recruited to assist with maintaining and providing services at the wall. Security details are being put together.

Plans are for two ceremonies, the first Thursday August 9 for locals and then the official opening ceremony Saturday, August 11. There will be “taps” played each evening at sunset.

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. 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.

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