The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Cemetery staff and community volunteers are planning for a busy Veterans weekend as they begin to prepare to honor local Veterans on November 11.
The Cemetery staff, volunteers and community members will be showing appreciation for Veterans in multiple ways throughout the weekend. Flags, donated by volunteers and City Cemeteries, will be placed on every Memorial Stone in the Veterans Section of Orchard Mesa Cemetery on Saturday, November 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The flags will remain in place until Tuesday, November 12. This effort is being organized by Ron Schaefer and SJ Christ, both of whom have previously served in the United States Armed Forces.
Along with the flags, two new benches will also be placed in the Veterans sections of the Cemetery on Friday, November 9. These are being donated by Mike and Cindy Shults, Mountain Air Roasters, and Snyder Grand Valley Memorials.
In addition to City and community volunteer efforts, the Grand Junction Area Realtors Association will be creating a “Boulevard of Honor” for Veterans interred in all sections of the cemetery. Flags will be placed on the split rail fencing boarding roadways throughout the cemetery and will remain up throughout the weekend.
“It is truly humbling to see over 1,500 flags adorning the Veterans Stones after the volunteers are finished,” said Mike Vendenga, City Cemetery Supervisor. “The passion these people have to honor our Veterans is remarkable.”
The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is proud to be part of these efforts and want to extend our sincerest thanks to all those who have served our great nation.