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Craig VFW post brings 200 veterans to town

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Nearly 200 VFW members gathered in Craig, where a series of meetings were held to strengthen the organization's training, budget and rules for VFW posts across the state.

The Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars members chose Craig to host their statewide conference this weekend, and Craig Rotary welcomed them to town by placing American flags halfway down Victory Way.

"Normally, the meetings are held in the Front Range," said Jim Lafferty, the VFW 2014-15 state commander.

Yet this time, he wanted to hold the three-day event in a rural city, and the VFW Craig Post 4265 made sense, especially because Craig VFW members Mark Wick and Bennie Otero asked him to hold the meeting here.

As a result, nearly 200 VFW members flocked to town Friday to hold the quarterly gathering in Craig, where a series of meetings were held to strengthen the organization’s training, budget and rules for VFW posts across the state.

"This is a council meeting," said David Gelatt, president of the VFW Warriors District 3. "It's a lot of training on how to do your inspections” for the different posts.

The VFW Warriors are motorcycle-riding members who conduct many of the patriot-guided funerals.

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Gelatt is from Greeley, but he has two cousins buried at Craig Cemetery, so the visit was especially meaningful to him.

"I just went up to the cemetery," he said.

Thirteen districts from across the state — including the ladies’ and men's auxiliaries, Warriors and VFW Cooties — went over the VFW budgets, planning for the next state convention and inspection rules.

They also enjoyed social meals and dancing throughout the three days.

Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at nriley@CraigDailyPress.com or 970-875-1790.