Memorial Day: A day of remembrance

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Ute Mountain Ute elder, Terry Knight (USAF) led the procession from the Veterans Memorial Park.
Veterans and color guard assemble to lower the flags in Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park to half-mast.
Willard Light, joins other Ute veterans as the flags are lowered to half-mast.
Gordon Hammond, Raymond Baker and Darwin Whiteman, lower the flags to half-mast.
Gordon Hammond, Raymond Baker and Darwin Whiteman, lower the flags to half-mast.
Raymond Baker (Retired Navy) stands at attention after bringing the United States flag to half-mast.
Terry Knight (USAF) join other veterans for the Memorial Day services.
Former Southern Ute Chairman, Clement Frost (Army) offered a few words after placing the wreath at the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial.
Yellow Jacket sang an Honor Song after the presentation of colors.
Attendees of various military service members, and council members from the Ute tribes gathered in the Veterans Memorial Park.
Southern Ute Veterans members, Gordon Hammond and Rudley Weaver presented Dr. James Craig with a veterans “Freedom” Pendleton blanket.
Southern Ute Veterans members, Gordon Hammond and Rudley Weaver presented Clement Frost with a veterans “Freedom” Pendleton blanket.
Veterans in attendance were asked to partake in the annual photo in front of the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial.
Ute Mountain Ute elder, Terry Knight (USAF) led the procession from the Veterans Memorial Park to the Bear Dance Bridge.
Ute Mountain Ute elder, Terry Knight (USAF) led the procession from the Veterans Memorial Park towards Ute Road.
A wreath offering into the Pine River for those military personnel last at sea.
Darwin Whiteman offered a wreath into the Pine River for those military personnel last at sea.
Rod Grove (Army) gave the welcome address to those gathered in the Ouray Memorial Cemetary.
Southern Ute elder, Austin Box (USAF) holds an eagle staff.
Southern Ute elder, Austin Box (USAF) holds an eagle staff.
Veterans and attendees at Ouray Memorial Cemetery.
Guest speaker, Alden Naranjo, (CO.NG.) spoke during the closing Memorial Day ceremonies.
Southern Ute elder, Kenny Frost stands alongside Southern Ute member, Leon Burch.
U.S. Air Force veterans and Ute elders, Austin Box (Korean era) and Terry Knight (Vietnam era).
Southern Ute councilman W. Bruce Valdez (Army) placed a wreath at the memorial marking the spot of those buried in a mass grave, who passed from small pox.
Red Spirit, drum group from Ft. Duchesne, UT sang an honor song.
Closing the Memorial Day ceremony, Bill Morris (USMC) plays ‘Taps.’
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
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 hosted the annual Memorial Day Services at the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park in Ignacio on Monday, May 27. The event emcee, Rod Grove (Army) introduced invited guest speakers. Francis Mitchel, (USMC) gave the invocation; Dr. James Craig, President of United Veterans Coalition of Colorado and Terry L. Obago, Native American Veterans Program Manager, both spoke of services provided to veterans. A procession of attendees followed the color guard to Bear Dance Bridge spanning the Pine River as a couple wreaths were offered with prayers to the waters in memory of those Naval personnel lost at sea. The procession ended at Ouray Memorial Cemetery with songs by Red Spirit of Ft. Duchesne, Utah, and a prayer by Alden Naranjo (CO.NG.), a presentation of a wreath by Southern Ute Councilman Bruce Valdez (Army), a 21-gun salute and Taps closed the ceremony.

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