Veterans welcome riders to Ignacio

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Pedro and Rose Vigil ride out in style following the 9th Annual VFW Veterans Memorial Run which graced the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park in Ignacio on Friday Sept. 3.
Southern Ute Veterans Association Commander, Howard Richards Sr. welcomes the visiting motorcycle riders to the Southern Ute Reservation for the 9th Annual Veterans Memorial Run on Friday, Sept. 3. The annual destination ride is organized by the VFW, where riders travel to a place of significance to veterans in the local area — this year’s ride convened at the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park for a chance to share in Southern Ute culture.
Julia Mirabal was among attendees at the 9th Annual VFW Veterans Memorial Run. Participating riders left the Durango VFW and traveled to the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park for a chance to share in Southern Ute culture and take a group photo together.
The Southern Ute Veterans Association Color Guard raise the flags in Veterans Memorial Park during the welcome address.
Southern Ute Singers; Hunter Frost, Sammy Burch, Tyson Thompson and Tim Ryder, perform the Flag Song during the welcome address at Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park.
Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy guides and students stand together with members of Tribal Council and the Veterans Association for a photo in the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park, Friday, Sept. 3.
Southern Ute Vietnam Veteran Rod Grove and Southern Ute Council Member Ramona Eagle take a moment to reminisce, while admiring the new etchings carved into the black marble on the reverse side of Veteran’s Memorial —  a centerpiece of the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park.
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
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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The Southern Ute Veterans Association Color Guard, Tribal Council and the Southern Ute Singers had the honor of welcoming the 9th Annual Veterans Memorial Run to Ignacio on Friday, Sept. 3. Each year the Durango Veterans Run Committee coordinates a motorcycle ride that honors veterans, while also raising funds to assist veterans in the local area. The money raised is given to the Durango VFW Post, who works closely with the Durango VA Clinic to serve local veterans in need. This is a destination ride, meaning that riders travel to a place of significance to veterans in the local area — this year’s ride convened at the Southern Ute Veterans Memorial Park on Tribal Campus.  

 

 

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