Remembering the fallen


Cali O'Hare photos

PINEDALE — It’s easy to get swept away in the excitement of a much-needed long weekend but area residents still took the time to remember and honor the fallen on Memorial Day, with special ceremonies held throughout Sublette County.

In Pinedale, members of the VFW Post No. 4801, the American Legion Post No. 47 and the Sublette County Veterans Mounted Cavalry held back-to-back Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 29.

The day began at the Veterans Memorial located in American Legion Park on the north side of Pine Street with the Sublette County Veterans Mounted Cavalry, including a riderless horse. The Cavalry is a new veterans organization and is open to all veterans who reside within Sublette County or in neighboring La Barge.

A pair of boots turned backward in the stirrups of an otherwise empty saddle symbolized a soldier looking back at their troops one final time.

A flag-folding was held with the American flag presented to Betty Cundy, the widow of Vietnam War veteran Charles “Chuck” Cundy, United States Air Force, who died in April.

Over at the Pinedale Cemetery, the VFW lined the pathways with more than 80 full-sized flags and placed flags at the headstones of all veterans buried there. Members of the VFW also placed flags at the Boulder, Daniel and Bondurant cemeteries.

The VFW Honor Guard performed a rifle salute. Brycen Vrska closed the ceremony at the cemetery with a performance of “Taps” followed by a moment of silence.

More than 70 people from Pinedale and the Upper Green volunteered to serve when World War I erupted. More than 400 people from Sublette County served in World War II.

Dozens of folks came out on Monday to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.

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