Letter to the Editor: State veterans home makes difference

Dear Editor: Can individual acts make a difference? You bet.

Memorial honors county veterans

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MEEKER I The ground was broken in early June on the lawn and sidewalk at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse, but the statue and the stone/concrete construction of the actual Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial will be unveiled and dedicated in downtown Meeker on Thursday after the parade.

VFWs combine efforts; construction begins on county veterans memorial

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Ground preparation is complete for the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial on the county courthouse lawn in Meeker, but actual stone and concrete construction of the base is expected to start this week so the statue of the solder, to be dubbed “Sacrifice and Resolution” will be dedicated after the parade July 4. Seen with the plastic-wrapped statue that will top the memorial is Joe Dungan, the veterans service officer for Rio Blanco and the Meeker VFW post.

MEEKER I The ground was broken two weeks ago on the lawn and sidewalk at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse, but the stone and concrete construction of the actual Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial will begin this week in downtown Meeker.

Veterans memorial donation…

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Rio Blanco County veterans service officer Hoot Gibson accepts a $3,000 check from Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan and Recreation and Park District (WRBM) executive director Tim Webber last Friday.

Eagle Scout, VFW conduct flag ceremony

MEEKER I Eagle Scout Collin Cochran will join VFW Commander Tom Kilduff and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in conducting an official and patriotic flag retirement ceremony on the courthouse lawn immediately following the conclusion of the parade.

Gone, but not forgotten

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RBC I Independence Day is celebrated because of the brave soldiers serving in the armed forces, fighting and defending the Constitution of the United States and the rights it provides all Americans. Range Call has celebrated Independence Day in Meeker since 1885 and Rio Blanco County has produced hundreds of

VFW memorial …

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RBC | Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5843 in Meeker and VFW Post 5261 in Rangely are currently raising funds for the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial to be placed on the courthouse lawn in Meeker.

History many don’t know

RBC I There are 58,267 names now listed on the polished black wall of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., including those added in 2010. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date. Within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it […]

Veterans memorial contributions

MEEKER | Contributions to the proposed County Veterans Memorial can be sent to: VFW POST 5843, Rio Blanco County Memorial Fund, Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St., Meeker, Colo., 81641.

Veterans ask for support

Local artist and veteran John Kobald has created a 14-inch clay maquette of a modern-day soldier which will be the model for a veteran memorial to honor the men and women of Rio Blanco County who have served in the five branches of the military.

RBC I Several veterans from local VFW Post 5843 presented a proposal to place a bronze statue of a modern-day soldier on the south sidewalk of the courthouse lawn and Rio Blanco County commissioners had no objections to the project.

Once a volunteer, always a volunteer

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RANGELY | The word “volunteer” is never so cherished as when it’s applied to those who signed a blank check on their lives in service to our country. Rio Blanco County has many men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation. John “Hoot” Gibson is one of the many local veterans […]

Celebrating America’s 235 years of freedom

RBC I One of the pillars of VFW’s foundation is the promotion of patriotism.