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Volunteers to adorn graves in Oak Creek

Town will not hold any formal services for Memorial Day

Zach Fridell

— There will be no formal services for Memorial Day in Oak Creek this year, but volunteers still plan to place boughs and flags at the gravesites of veterans in the town's cemetery.

Volunteer Mary Deppe said no activities were planned because the two local Veterans of Foreign Wars post members will be out of town for the weekend.

Deppe, a former member of the now-defunct Ladies Auxiliary VFW, said the town has hosted services in the past, but with low VFW membership and no official meeting space, no activities were planned for this year.

Oak Creek Town Clerk Karen Halterman said this is probably the first year the town has not held a Memorial Day ceremony. She said the cemetery has more than 50 veterans.

The first dated burial in the cemetery was Era B. Johnson on July 15, 1900, according to information from the National Association for Cemetery Pre­servation Inc.

The cemetery also is listed as a Colorado Historical Site with 1,218 burials from 1900 to 1994, when the cemetery was added to the register of historic sites.

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Other Memorial Day services in the county:

■ Memorial Day observances at Steamboat Springs Cemetery

11 a.m. Monday: Those attending are asked to park in the Stock Bridge Transit Center on the west side of Steamboat and ride special Steamboat Springs Transit buses running to the cemetery from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Buses will return immediately after the service. Community service officers will help direct traffic. For more information, call Jim Stanko at 879-3936.

■ Memorial Day in Hayden

6 p.m. today: American Legion Post 89 and Women's Legion Auxiliary place more than 200 small flags on graves of veterans at Hayden Cemetery.

6 p.m. Monday: Hayden Cemetery

A 15-minute program includes a poem and reading of a tribute, followed by a 21-gun salute and taps.

6:30 p.m. Monday: The public is invited to join in a potluck and burger fry at the American Legion Post on Third Street.

■ Memorial Day in Yampa

11 a.m. Monday at Yampa Cemetery

American Legion Post 189 will lead a prayer and read the names of veterans buried there. Veterans will fire a salute to the dead, and taps will be played.

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