On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 the Southern Ute Veterans Association held a scaled down ceremony, in comparison to years previous, due to current COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Members of the veteran’s association raised and lowered flags to half-mast in the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park. Veteran Russell Box Sr. gave the invocation. Veterans, Bruce Valdez, Gordon Hammond and Bruce LeClaire carried flags to the Bear Dance Bridge overlooking the Pine River. A song was sung by Dewayne Richards, and a prayer was offered, and a wreath was tossed into the Pine River by Bruce LeClaire for those lost at sea. The group proceeded to the Ouray Memorial Cemetery and final respects were made to those buried in the cemetery. Rod Grove said a prayer and thanked those who were in the cemetery and Ronnie Baker conducted the “Taps” to close the ceremony.