Dear Editor:I would like to take a moment and reflect about this past Veterans Day ceremony. What a beautiful sunny day (sorry, skiers and boarders) to celebrate with the living veterans while not forgetting those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. To laugh and share stories and memories is a gift.I want to thank all who came to the ceremony and to those who took part. Thanks to Pastor Dan Bosco for his insightful and encouraging words. To the Colonel and Nancy for their work; otherwise the ceremony would not run like clockwork without their hands in it. What a pleasure to have Ann back with us. Jeannie Walla continues to bless us with her singing, as does Richard Sundeen with his golden trumpet. Thanks to Debbie Kreutzer’s fifth-grade class and their wonderful patriotic songs. A special thanks to David A. Poole for his making “Flags of Our Fathers” and to Wayne Williams for his ongoing efforts with the Library of Congress and their documentary work with veterans.As usual, the Elks provided an outstanding lunch, and their continual support for veterans is a truly honorable commitment.I know Rick Buesch’s fondest wish was to get the community involved in the Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies; his wish has come true many times over. I know he is pleased, as all of us are.I hope I have not overlooked anyone but if I have, I apologize. All I can say is thank you, one and all.P.S.: I trust this is not an improper time to mention this: If there are any families with veterans buried in any of the three Aspen cemeteries, please let me know if their graves are not decorated on Memorial Day with an American flag. I will do my best to make sure they are remembered and properly marked.Dan GliddenBasalt
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