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Craig sees big turnout for Memorial Day ceremony

The honor guard, a combination of the local chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War, played a big part in this year’s Memorial Day service, which was held Monday at Craig Cemetery.

Al Shepherd, a member of the honor guard, says the service gets better every year.

Shepherd, a Craig resident, calls himself an “old-timer.” He says he knows they’re getting better because he’s been to a lot of them.

“It went good. We’ve been improving on this for years,” Shepherd said. “It gets a little better every year. We’ve got a pretty good honor guard.”

New Castle, Wyoming, resident Ken Graham was there to honor his father.

“First one I’ve been to, but it was nice. My father was a veteran of the Korean War. Freedom is not free, so I respect that.”

About 200 people, a larger crowd than usual, were in attendance for the ceremony, which included a reading of the names of fallen Moffat County veterans, playing of the Taps and a 21-gun salute.

The local Memorial Day service is old hat for Hurst, Texas, resident Vern McFarland. McFarland has family in this area and property in Colorado.

“I come every year for it. Taps was my favorite part,” he said.