Phase V of veterans project about to begin |

Phase V of veterans project about to begin

Dear Editor:

It was a pleasure having all of you present at the 20-year rededication of the Roaring Fork Valley Veterans Memorial at the Pitkin County Courthouse on Aug. 11. The veterans have appreciated your continued support over the years at our annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. Thank you.

Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, in association with the Library of Congress, share a common mission ” to preserve our local history and recognize our citizens who have served in the military. The Roaring Fork Veterans History Project is cosponsored by the Aspen Fire Department, Aspen GrassRoots Community TV, Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Elks. Since February, we will have interviewed 21 valley veterans on Aspen Grassroots Community TV. The majority of veterans interviewed served in World War II, with Korea, Vietnam and Iraq also represented. The following valley veterans have participated: Bob Perigo, Dr. George Eveseff, John Dolinsek, Frank Dolinsek, June Kirkwood, Gino Hollander, Dick Merritt, Ralph Ball, Chris Tessem, Dick Ryman, Lee Shoaf, Dan Glidden, Amber DeLuca, Don King, Louis Popish, Jim Markalunas, Jack de Pagter, Virgil Simon, Kurt Bresnitz, Dick McCrudden and John Tripp. DVD copies of each interview are sent to the Library of Congress, Archives of the Aspen Historical Society, Library of the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, Aspen GrassRoots Community TV, and three sets are presented to each veteran for his family. Aspen Grassroots Community TV will be airing these interviews continuously on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, as they did on Memorial Day.

We have completed Phase IV of our project and are about to launch Phase V, with a goal to record 20 more veterans during 2008. We have expended funds donated to us by the Aspen Elks and Ladies of the Thrift Shop, each in the amount of $5,000, for a total of $10,000. Accordingly, we need additional funding for Phase V. We are presenting the new 10th Mountain Division PBS movie “The Last Ridge” on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, at the Wheeler Opera House as a fundraiser. Abbie Kealy, the film producer will be in attendance to discuss the filming.

It speaks of the unique character of our community that we have such loyal support for our task to record these stories. We would like to have the county commissioners consider sharing in the Roaring Fork Veterans History project with a donation of $2,500 to support our program. Thank you for your consideration.

We hope you can join us in our annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial next to the Pitkin County Courthouse.

The Steering Committee of the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project

Darryl Grob, Aspen Fire Department,

Corby Anderson, GrassRoots TV,

Kip Hubbard, Aspen Historical Society,

Dick Merritt, Aspen Elks

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