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Remembering those who served

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Memorial Day events planned in Evergreen

By Sandy Barnes

The Veterans Commemorative Walk in Buchanan Park will be the setting for a noontime Memorial Day observance on May 28.
The traditional flag-raising and honor-guard ceremony presented by American Legion Post 2001 of Evergreen will pay tribute to those who served and died in military service.
The commemorative walk, which Legionnaire Dave Loomiller describes as an “ongoing, perpetual project,” has approximately 200 pavers engraved with names of servicemen.
The pavers honor those who served in any conflict involving U.S. soldiers, Loomiller said.
The names of Revolutionary War soldiers are inscribed on two of the commemorative pavers. Legion member Vern Stelzer purchased a paver in honor of his mother’s ancestor, Lt. John Waterman, who died at Valley Forge. Another paver has the name of Pvt. Samuel Cone who fought at Bunker Hill and White Plains. He is an ancestor of Rebecca Lloyd, a member of the Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
At the center of the commemorative walk is an area with plaques containing names of soldiers killed in action, where a statue of a soldier is planned.
“What we have in mind is a soldier from the Vietnam era,” Stelzer said. “He is kneeling with a rifle in one hand and a set of dog tags in the other … He is holding the dog tags and looking at the KIA plaques.”
Stelzer said the Evergreen Rotary Club suggested placing the statue at the commemorative walk and will raise funds for to pay for it. “They have been very supportive of that project,” he said.
“Once we select exactly what we want, we have to get Evergreen Park and Recreation District approval,” noted Loomiller.
The Evergreen American Legion members provided the funding and performed much of the work on the commemorative walk, which was dedicated on Veterans Day last year.
“We are fortunate to have some good craftsmen,” Loomiller said.
The legion also is responsible for maintaining the area, keeping the paver path clear and the flags and lawn in good condition, he added.
“One of the things I’ve noticed is there will be people just sitting there on benches we’ve installed,” said Stelzer. “It’s meant to be a place of reflection.”
With ample room remaining at the commemorative walk, the legion is offering pavers at a cost of $125 each. Family groups can be linked together on the walk. Applications for purchasing pavers can be found at the legion’s website,  HYPERLINK "http://www.legionpost2001.org" www.legionpost2001.org. They also are available at Evergreen National Bank and at Evergreen Boot and Shoe Service, or by calling Don Trickel at 303-674-5443.

Memorial Day events in Evergreen
• Memorial Day service: 9 a.m. May 28 at the Peace Memorial in Evergreen Memorial Park; local Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will participate. Flags will be placed on veterans’ graves in the park.
• Memorial Day observance: noon May 28 at the Veterans Commemorative Walk in Buchanan Park. A flag-raising and honor-guard ceremony presented by American Legion Post 2001 of Evergreen will take place.