Letter: Community steps up for Memorial Day

Our community effort and turnout for Memorial Day just continues to get better every year. I want to thank and recognize those folks who made it work.

To the city Streets Department, the American flags on Main Street were beautiful. Thanks.

To the Pitkin County Courthouse gang, Mark and Glenn, the park looked great. Thanks.

To the Aspen Police Department’s Community Resource officers, no traffic noise on Main Street, wonderful. Thanks.

To Alchemy Audio, sweet sound system. Thanks.

To Pepper and Bob, our color guard, nicely done. Thanks.

To our new Pitkin County Veterans Service Officer Scott Ring, and the laying of the memorial wreath. Thanks.

Our candle lighting, a back-up lighter next year, and to Nancy Bossard, since 1987. Thanks.

To the Colonel for the Pledge of Allegiance, and the comforting words in the invocation and the benediction. Thanks.

To Steve Child and that family’s long tradition of support veterans. Thanks.

The 10th Mountain tribute and Greg Poschman’s family story. Thanks.

A lovely trumpet interlude and Taps, Richard Sundeen. Thanks.

To Huts for Vets, a great program, and Paul Andersen, keep on keepin’ on. Thanks.

Roll Call of The Fallen. Never forgotten! And to Darryl Grob for the reading. Thanks.

“In Flanders Field,” very touching, never forgotten! And to Tom Buesch for the recitation. Thanks.

A lovely vocal solo from Debbie Welden. Thanks.

To the heart of the service, a huge heart-felt thank-you to the guests who came forward and honored, remembered and shared their stories with us.

To the Elks Lodge No. 224 and its strong and continued service to the veterans and to the community. Thanks.

Our dream in 1987 was to have this service become a community event. I think we have succeeded beyond our wildest imagination. Thank you!

Dan Glidden