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Duty and honor the theme for Memorial Day service
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Veterans attending the Memorial Day service, l to r: Back Row - James Reddick, Army; Woody Woodruff, Army; RB Yant, Army; Daryl Mahaney, Army; Bud Blumke, Army; Ralph Atkins, Army; William Tilley, Army; Robert Haliw, Army and Navy; Ivan Dale, Air Force; Rodney Smith, Army; Dam Carlson, Army; Stan Abel, Marine Corps; Ray Merrill, Army; Middle row - Bob Eden, Army; Jess Noble, Navy;, Sharon Lowe, Navy; Roxie Frank, Army; Roger Lowe, Navy; Weldon Alexander, Marine Corpos; Mark Haag, Air Force; Jim Sterk, Navy; Fred Ettleman, Army; Scott Sexton, Air Force; Mike Magee, Army - Active duty; William Callison, Army; Front Rowe - Ken Melchi, Navy; Elmer Melchi, Army; Garry Melchi, Army; Ed Gallagher, Navy; Henry Blackburn, Army; Robert Rice, Marine Corps; Earl McClung, Army; Andy Anderson, Air Force; John Freeburg, Army; John Kenney, Air Force.
 
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Rodney Smith gives the keynote address with the American Flag flying in the wind above him.
 
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U.S. Army Veteran Fred Ettlman, left, sits next to Mike Magee who is currently on active duty in the Army.
 
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Nearly 150 people turned out for a memorial service at the Colorado City Cemetery on Memorial Day. Keynote speaker Rodney Smith, commander of the local VFW Chapter, spoke about duty, honor and country as he recounted listening to a recording of a speech given by General Douglas Macarthur and how Smith’s dad explained to him the importance of respecting our veterans.

Smith was at times emotional as he related how one Memorial Day he drove a Sergeant Major to Arlington National Cemetery. The Sergeant Major told Smith they were “going to visit some friends.”

Smith then proceeded to read a portion of Macarthur’s speech honoring veterans.

Among the honored guests attending the service was Earl “Mack” McClung, McClung is a WWII veteran and one of the original “Band of Brothers” about which several movies have been made. McClung even appears in the trailer of one of those movies. McClung served for his platoon as a scout in every operation during the D-Day offensive.

Another local veteran, Stan Abel, introduced McClung. Abel’s story was recounted here in the Greenhorn Valley View and can be found on our Web site at www.ghvview.com.

Also in attendance were three generations of veterans from the Melchi family. Elmer, Garry and Ken.

Veterans John Freeburg and Roxie Frank read the names of all of the veterans who have been laid to rest in local cemeteries.

Sarah Swartwood sang the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. The flag was raised by the local Boy Scout troop. Pastor Dan Carlson of Valley Community Church delivered the invocation. Pastor James Neron of River of Life Church delivered the benediction.


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The VFW worked very hard to put this event on! Thanks You from a fellow vet.
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