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Dillon to host third annual Memorial Day ceremony

Jane Reuter

DILLON – A Memorial Day tribute to veterans begins at 10 a.m. today at the Dillon Cemetery.

The third annual event is the only such ceremony held in Summit County on Memorial Day.

Started by former Dillon Mayor Roger Pelot, today’s event will include an introduction by current Mayor Barbara Davis, and addresses from Pelot, local resident Bob Knorr, Dillon Police Chief and veteran Gary Cline, and a tribute from several Dillon Valley Elementary students.

A local Boy Scout troop will raise and lower flags at the cemetery, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Musician Jon Clark will play taps.

It is expected to last about 45 minutes.

Pelot said he was inspired to do so by an anonymous phone call.

“After last Memorial Day, I had a voice mail from someone criticizing the town for not doing anything, and I thought, “He’s right,'” he said.

The event has continued to grow since then.

A second ceremony (outside of Summit County) is planned at 11 a.m. today at the summit of Tennessee Pass on Highway 24, between Leadville and Minturn. This tribute, hosted by the 10th Mountain Division, is in its 44th year, and is held at the group’s World War II memorial monument.

Memorial Day dates back to 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, when the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared it should be May 30, a date apparently chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1971, Congress expanded the day of remembrance to include not just Civil War casualties, but all soldiers who had died in service to the nation.


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