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Help plan Dillon’s Independence-weekend

CAITLIN ROW
summit daily news
Dillon, CO Colorado

DILLON ” Dillon already is touting what could be its biggest military ceremony to date by asking for community help to track down locals who have served in the armed forces.

The town is putting together its first ever ceremony, scheduled for July 3, to honor military service with a focus on individuals from the Colorado mountain region ” dead and alive, currently serving and veterans.

There are quite a few veterans who live in Summit County, and many of them are retired, said planning-committee member Roman Moore, a local Vietnam veteran who also spent six years in the Navy Reserves. There are also a number of individuals connected to the county who are active in the military.

“We’re just trying to get everyone together,” Moore said.

The town seeks the names and photos of individuals from the region involved in all branches of the U.S. military, who will be honored at the town’s Independence-weekend event, “Never Forget.”

“Last year at the Memorial Day service, we did a survey which found out that people wanted more of a focus on recognition for individuals who served in the military,” said Susan Fairweather, director of marketing and communications for Dillon. “We thought: ‘Gee whiz, it would be so great for our community to have an event on July 3 without competition from other communities,’ and we put together a military-recognition program. Everyone lined up and said: ‘Yes, we need this in our community.'”

A planned five-hour tribute will be followed by an Air Force Academy Band performance and fireworks at the Dillon Amphitheatre.

Moore also has asked Colorado’s governor to speak at the event.

“It’s Independence Day weekend, which is about our freedom, of course,” Fairweather said. “There’s no other event like this in the county.”

Dillon will hold its annual Memorial Day service on May 25, placing a special emphasis on fallen military men and women.

Please e-mail or mail names and contact information, status (currently enlisted, vet, deceased) and the branch of service to Susan Fairweather at sfairweather@townofdillon.com or by mail to Town of Dillon, Attn: Susan, P.O. Box 8, Dillon, CO 80435. Photos can be digital or print copies.

The event-planning meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at noon at Dillon Town Hall upstairs in the council chambers. A light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP their attendance to sfairweather@townofdillon.com or call (970) 262-3403.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.


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