Southern Utes honor those who served

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Veterans, families and community members walk along the End of the Trail road towards the Ouray Memorial Cemetery.
Austin Box (USAF), proudly sports his Blue Bird shirt, prior to the Memorial Day ceremony.
Raymond Baker (Navy Ret.) and Rod Grave (Army) stand abreast of each other during the Memorial Day ceremony.
The Southern Ute Veterans Eagle staff is placed in front of the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial.
Yellow Jacket sing an Honor song.
Ute Mountain Ute Veteran, Gordon Hammond (USMC) recognized veterans of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
Northern Ute Veteran, Albert Tavashutz (Army) gave recognition to Northern Ute veterans who served in the military.
Rod Grove (Army) takes notice of the Memorial Day event.
Pete Vigil (Army) was given a blanket from Southern Ute Veteran, Raymond Baker (Navy).
Gordon Hammond (USMC) received a blanket from Southern Ute Navy Veteran Raymond Baker.
Recipients of a Southern Ute Veterans Association blanket, Pete Vigil, Gordon Hammond, Albert Tavashutz, stand along-side, Rod Grove (left), Howard Richards Sr., Raymond Baker and Bruce LeClaire.
Post Commander from Espanola, NM salutes Ronnie Baker (Navy) as Baker received a recognition certificate from the Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez.
In what has become a tradition during the Memorial Day Ceremonies, all present veterans at the event assemble in front of the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial for a group photo.
Airmen Austin Box (USAF Ret.) and Terry Knight (USAF) lead the procession, to the Bear Dance bridge, overlooking the Pine River, and then onto the Ouray memorial Cemetery.
Trailing the flags of various tribes and nations, walkers head to the Bear Dance Bridge.
Terry Knight (foreground) and Austin Box stand at attention on the Bear Dance Bridge, spanning the Pine River.
Alden Naranjo Jr. (CO.NG) offered a prayer at the base of the Ouray and Buckskin Charlie’s memorials.
The Color Guard, comprised of veterans of many nations, stand at attention as Southern Ute Veterans Commander Howard Richards Sr. raise and lowers the flags to half-staff.
The Color Guard, form a line of colors, from various flags, representing many nations and various aspects of military conflicts and engagements.
Ute Mountain Ute veteran, Terry Knight (USAF) offered a prayer and prior to releasing a wreath into the Pine River for those who perished at sea.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
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The Southern Ute Veterans Association honored those who served during the annual Memorial Day ceremonies, Monday, May 28. The Ceremony began in the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park with Master of Ceremonies, Howard D. Richards Sr. and other members of the Association recognizing various veterans and military personnel. A special recognition by the Veterans Association was made for Vietnam veterans. Yellow Jacket (Ignacio) and Red Spirit (Ft. Duchesne) sang Honor and Flag songs, respectively. A procession was led by Austin Box and Terry Knight to the Bear Dance Bridge where a wreath was blessed and released into the Pine River for those Naval personnel lost at sea.  The procession continued to Ouray Memorial Cemetery. A prayer was given by guest speaker Alden Naranjo, and Marlena Valdez sang Amazing Grace. A Flag song and “Fallen Warrior” song was sung by Red Spirit. Prior to a 21-gun salute and “Taps” which concluded the Day of Remembrance.

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