Town of Dillon to celebrate Memorial Day |

Town of Dillon to celebrate Memorial Day

Caddie Nath
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Summit County veteran Tom Torres lost 173 friends and comrades during his years of service.

Today, he says is a day for remembering and honoring those men and women.

“This is a day that America will hopefully stop and really reflect on the personal sacrifices,” Torres said. “What each soldier has given to our freedom”

In Dillon, the occasion will be marked with a ceremony at Dillon Cemetery that has become a tradition.

At 10 a.m. today, residents and visitors are invited to gather at the cemetery for the service, which last year drew as many as 300 people.

“I’m so proud of our town staff, the Military Recognition (Advisory) Committee and the cemetery committee,” Dillon Mayor Ron Holland said. “They’ve done an awesome job putting together the best Memorial Day service we’ve ever had.”

The event will begin with bagpipes and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by the Summit Concert Band. The names of Colorado’s fallen soldiers will be read and speakers will include Holland and Christine Scanlan, who was elected to represent Summit County in House District 56.

“This is a powerful event every year,” said Holland, who has a son serving in the U.S. Navy. “It’s just to honor those who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have. They step up to the plate to defend and serve so that we can live our lives the way that we’re able to live them in this country.”

Members of the public will also be given time to share their own thoughts and experiences during the service.

The ceremony will conclude with an explanation of the significance of the 13 folds of American flags placed on the caskets of soldiers.

A few veterans are expected to attend, including Torres, who operates a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing injured veterans and their families with outdoor mountain recreation experiences as a form of therapy.

Following the ceremony local Boy Scout Troop 188 will retire a flag, demonstrating the proper procedure.

The event is free and open to the public.

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