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Veterans to post Confederate flag at Steamboat cemetery

The Memorial Day plan, intended to honor a veteran, draws rebuke

The grave of William E. “Bear Bill” Harvey has been in Steamboat Springs Cemetery for nearly a century. After a recent discovery of his possible history as a Confederate States of America soldier during the Civil War

Memorial Day events

■ Steamboat Springs

Thursday: Placing of flags on graves of military veterans at Steamboat Springs Cemetery, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: Army physical fitness test at 9:30 a.m. at Emerald Park. The event is free, but donations for the American Legion are accepted. The test is two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a 2-mile run. Event organizer Tina Kyprios said participants don’t have to complete all three portions. The test is meant to raise awareness for soldiers serving our country.

Monday: Coffee and doughnuts at 8 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264, 924 Lincoln Ave.; ceremony practice at 9 a.m. at Steamboat Springs Cemetery; shuttle service to cemetery begins at 10 a.m. at Stock Bridge Transit Center; Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at cemetery.

■ Hayden

Friday: Placing of flags at Hayden Cemetery, 6 p.m.

Monday: Memorial Day ceremony, 6 p.m. at Hayden Cemetery, with 21-gun salute, flag lowering and presentation for citizens; public reception and meal at the Benjamin J. Hofstetter American Legion Post 89, on Third Street in Hayden, after the ceremony

■ Yampa

Monday: Memorial Day ceremony, 11 a.m. at the Yampa Cemetery, with traditional bugling and reading of names of veterans buried at the cemetery.





The grave of William E. "Bear Bill" Harvey has been in Steamboat Springs Cemetery for nearly a century. After a recent discovery of his possible history as a Confederate States of America soldier during the Civil War, local veterans plan to place a Confederate flag on his grave during Memorial Day remembrances this week. The idea drew strong disapproval from the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
John F. Russell