Tribal members observe Vietnam Veterans Day

Rod Grove gave a brief history of the Vietnam War
Veteran Jim Lynch of Cortez pays respect with his bagpipes, filling the morning air with crisp music.
Southern Ute tribal member Ronnie Baker greets attendees following the event.
Larry Tucker, a member of the Southern Ute Veterans Association, stands with Sunshine Perry following the ceremony; Tucker also gave the traditional blessing.
Proudly standing together in commemoration of the president’s proclamation (left to right): Howard D. Richards Sr., Rod Grove, Ronnie Baker, Alden Naranjo and Larry Tucker
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Rod Grove gave a brief history of the Vietnam War, leading into the impact that the war has had on returned veterans. Southern Ute Indian Tribal Councilman Howard D. Richards Sr. echoed those sentiments.
Veteran Jim Lynch of Cortez pays respect with his bagpipes, filling the morning air with crisp music.
Southern Ute tribal member Ronnie Baker greets attendees following the event.
Larry Tucker, a member of the Southern Ute Veterans Association, stands with Sunshine Perry following the ceremony; Tucker also gave the traditional blessing.
Proudly standing together in commemoration of the president’s proclamation (left to right): Howard D. Richards Sr., Rod Grove, Ronnie Baker, Alden Naranjo and Larry Tucker.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Thumbnail image of Rod Grove gave a brief history of the Vietnam War
Thumbnail image of Veteran Jim Lynch of Cortez pays respect with his bagpipes, filling the morning air with crisp music.
Thumbnail image of Southern Ute tribal member Ronnie Baker greets attendees following the event.
Thumbnail image of Larry Tucker, a member of the Southern Ute Veterans Association, stands with Sunshine Perry following the ceremony; Tucker also gave the traditional blessing.
Thumbnail image of Proudly standing together in commemoration of the president’s proclamation (left to right): Howard D. Richards Sr., Rod Grove, Ronnie Baker, Alden Naranjo and Larry Tucker
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In honor of President Obama proclaiming March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day, members of the Southern Ute Veterans Association held a service in Veterans Park. The recognition was attended by members of the armed forces, the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council, and community members paying their respects to those who served in the Vietnam War. The last American troops were officially pulled out of Vietnam on March 29, 1973.

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