Flags snapped in the breeze and the sun warmed many bystanders who came
to the Pinedale Cemetery on Monday morning to pay respects on Memorial Day.
VFW Post 4801 past Cmdr. Jim Washam, standing in for Cmdr. Ted Nelson, welcomed
people dressed in patriotic colors and uniforms, quite a number of them wearing face masks
and social distancing while visiting with family and friends.
As Lisanne Fear sat on her black American mustang, the color guard post flags behind
the cannon. Former Marine and American Legion Chaplain Randy Belton offered a prayer,
American Legion Cmdr. Mike Edison talked about the flags of “our veteran warriors” and
guest speaker Andy Nelson read a poem about war and love. Tyler Wilson of Boulder spoke
in memory of his brother Mike Wilson, who died in Viet Nam. Windy Noble and Irma
VanDerVelde, escorted by Washam, each presented wreaths to stand by the half-staff flag and
cannon. In another patriotic salute, Hailey, Reese, Brooke and Heather Noble set red, white and
blue bouquets with the wreaths. After three rounds of rifle fire and Washam’s thanks, people
lingered after the ceremony to check in with old friends and visit graves. The usual afternoon
meal at the VFW Post 4801 could not be hosted this Memorial Day but a barbecue is being
planned for later this summer.