Letter to the editor: Veterans center thanks Memorial Day participants

The Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake is privileged to take this time to thank the many persons that volunteered to make our Annual Memorial Day Observance held on May 29, 2017 such a beautiful ceremony.

The Monte Vista Boy Scout Troop 287, Cub Scout Pack 287 and the Youth of the Monte Vista Ward for the placement of the flags in the cemetery.

Thank you to Matthew Martinez for serving as our Master of Ceremonies this year. Thank you to Richie Powers for serving as a speaker and to Senator Larry Crowder for serving as our Keynote Speaker.

Thank you to Rodney Rosacker, Vince Ortega and the cadets of the Civil Air Patrol (Nicholas Davis, Charlie Davis, Clinton Blackmon and Keaton Fischer) for serving as our Color Guard.

Thank you to the American Legion Post #131, Center, CO:  Sgt. of the Guard, Tom Garcia, Tharin Mortensen, Donald Martinez, Eloy Arellano, Tino Segura, Vince Ortega and Lyle Dye (Post 53) for serving as our Honor Guard.

Thank you to the Fort Garland Memorial Regiment and the Ladies of the Garrison for once again attending our Memorial Day Observance. Also to Tim Lambert, Honor Guard Bugler, Adams County Sherriff’s office, Bugler, Co. “C”, 4th Cavalry, 1987 Regimental Bugler, US Cavalry Association and for playing Amazing Grace on bagpipes and Taps on the bugle.

Thank you to David Haage for providing the opening and closing prayers. Also to El Coro Alegre de San Jose from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Monte Vista (Dorothy Chambers, Esther Espinosa, Katharine Chavez, Lupe Luna, Angela Jaramillo and Marisol Jaramillo) for the beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

Thank you to John Pinkney for providing the American Legion wreath presentation, to Steve Salazar and Pat Mascarenas for providing the DAV wreath presentation and to Alfred Lucero for providing the VFW wreath presentation.

Thank you to the Buckley Air Force Base for providing the Fly-over of two F-16’s.

Thank you to the Rosacker, Martinez and Hinkley families for tolling of the USS General Patrick Bell in memory of their family members as well as all those killed in action, missing in action and all veterans and active troops.

Thank you to Sue Getz and Caleb Henson for having the museum open following the observance.
A special thank you to Nancy Arellano, Archie Salazar and their volunteers who made and served 25 dozen cinnamon rolls to everyone who attended the Memorial Day Observance. Thank you to all of our staff members and residents who helped make this day possible.

Thank you to the Valley Courier and Sylvia Lobato for their outstanding news coverage and photographs.  
Without the combined efforts of the groups and persons listed, and others unnamed, the service would not have been complete.  

Pam Self
Admissions and Marketing Director


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