Holiday activities get under way

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— Members of the Steamboat Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4264 and American Legion Post No. 44 will hold a ceremony Monday in honor of Memorial Day. The ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Steamboat Springs cemetery will pay tribute to men and women in the service.

Last year, more than 200 people attended the ceremony. Jim Stanko, the previous Commander of the American Legion Post No. 44 and the organizer of this year's service, said he hopes even more residents will attend this year.

At the ceremony, an honor guard will march in to the sound of bagpipes played by Rowan McQuarrie of Hayden. The Rev. Kevin King of the Anchor Way Baptist Church will give a short speech. At the end of the ceremony, there will be the traditional rifle salute and "Taps."

One addition to this year's ceremony will be a special tribute to local veterans who have passed away during the past 10 years but who are not buried in the Steamboat Cemetery.

There are more than 235 veterans buried in the cemetery.

Also on Monday, there will be a dinner at the VFW Post. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and a $10 donation is requested.

On Friday, Memorial Day activities began when members of the American Legion Auxiliary sold poppies in front of Safeway. This tradition of remembering the sacrifices veterans have made dates back to the 1920s.

Also on Friday, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post and local Boy Scouts placed flags on the graves of veterans buried in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

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