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Veterans Day thanks

Dear Editor:

Every year I express my appreciation and gratitude for the Veterans Day ceremony held at the Court House Plaza. It is now an annual event which has become a tradition in Aspen. It has evolved into a true community event, representing people from many different walks of life, with their incredible stories and fascinating backgrounds.

Thanks to Lt. Colonel Merritt for his continuing service to our country; to Pastor Dan Bosco, for his well-spoken words of encouragement and faith. We are blessed each year with the two “goldens” ” Richard Sundeen with his golden trumpet and Jeannie Walla with her golden voice.

This year we had a special family which exemplifies the meaning of duty and service to country: the Barth family ” Chuck, Janine, and Kurt. Thank you all for your dedication.

A special thanks to the Color Guard representatives of the five branches of the United States military. You added a very professional look and touch.

Thanks to the veterans who spoke to the audience and thanks to members of the audience who spoke to the veterans; this is what remembering living veterans is all about; sharing and laughing about life experiences.

A thank you to the Aspen Police Department and Pitkin County staff for their help with the ceremony; we couldn’t do it without you.

A final thank you to the Elk Lodge; your dedication and continued support for veterans is outstanding; as was the lunch served after the ceremony.

I would also like to thank Brent Gardner Smith for his article and coverage of the ceremony.

In closing, I can only think of two words which sum up my heart felt feelings: Thank you!

Dan Glidden

Basalt


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