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Honoring our veterans

Dear Editor:

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps will be celebrated at the Aspen Grove Cemetery flagpole. Marines and friends of the Corps are cordially invited. We will be honoring America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness.

When North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th Parallel 60 years ago, the First Marine Provisional Brigade landed in South Korea, forming the backbone of the perimeter around the city of Pusan. The efforts of the “Fire Brigade” at Pusan allowed for the daring amphibious landing at Inchon and set the stage for one of the most savage campaigns in Marine Corps history – The Chosin Reservoir. Special tribute to the Marines of the Korean War will be paid for their contributions to the enduring legacy of our Corps.

Veterans Day ceremonies will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial located next to the Pitkin County Court House, 506 E. Main St. in Aspen. Veterans are encouraged to wear items of military memorabilia. Channel 12, GrassRoots Community TV, will be running interviews of local veterans participating in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project throughout Veterans Day. All veterans and the public are cordially invited.

For more information, contact Dan Glidden at 927-4183 or Dick Merritt at 927-5178.

Lt. Col. Dick Merritt

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