Vets say thanks
Dear Editor:On March 28, the Aspen Historical Society hosted a group of 40 valley veterans during Aspen History Week at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. Refreshments were served, and the guests had a chance to reminisce with other veterans about their military experiences in the service of our country during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.The highlight of the afternoon was the viewing of interviews filmed by GrassRoots TV for the Library of Congress and local TV presentation. Since February, the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project has sponsored 15 interviews conducted at GrassRoots TV. World War II vets included Frank and John Dolinsek, Dr. George Eveseff, June Kirkwood, Gino Hollander, Ralph Ball, Chris Tessem, Lee Shoaf, Don King and Dick Ryman. Louis Popish represented Korean veterans, and from Vietnam, Bob Perigo, Dick Merritt and Dan Glidden were filmed. Navy Corpswoman Amber De Luca served in the current Iraq war. Amber was featured on GrassRoots TV last week during the Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.Valley veterans are encouraged to participate in future interviews for the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project in association with the Library of Congress.For further information, contact any Veterans History Steering Committee member. They are: Kip Hubbard, Aspen Historical Society, 925-3721, ext. 105; Corby Anderson, GrassRoots TV, 925-8000; Darryl Grob, Aspen Fire Department, 925-5532 or Dick Merritt, Aspen Elks Lodge 224, 927-5178.Special thanks go out to the ladies of the Aspen Thrift Shop and Aspen Elks Lodge 224 for their generous funding of the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project. Thank you, Aspen Historical Society, for hosting we veterans during Aspen History Week.Dick MerrittBasalt
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