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Memorial Day ceremonies in Steamboat, Hayden and Yampa on Monday

Steamboat Springs Civil Air Patrol cadets Marek DeMorat, right, and Graham Salazar place flags Thursday next to veteran tombstones at Steamboat Springs Cemetery.
Matt Stensland

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County communities will honor veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Day ceremony in Steamboat Springs will take place at 11 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery, where Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol cadets have placed American flags next to veteran graves.

The city of Steamboat Springs will be offering free bus service to shuttle people from the Stock Bridge Transit Center to the cemetery beginning at 9:40 a.m., with the last bus leaving for the cemetery at 10:40 a.m.

This year, members of Steamboat Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 will specifically be honoring the 22 Routt County soldiers who died during World War I.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of that war, and 70 World War I veterans are buried at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

The ceremony in Steamboat will feature a riderless horse leading flags for the ceremony, a changing of the guard, lowering of the flag to half staff, 21-gun salute and taps. Local residents will also perform songs, including America the Beautiful.

More than 600 Routt County men have served in the Armed Forces.

In Yampa, the Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Yampa Cemetery, and in Hayden, American Legion Post 89 will hold a similar ceremony at the Hayden Cemetery starting at 6 p.m. followed by a free hamburger supper at the Legion Hut, 220 Third Street.

It might be a good idea to keep an umbrella handy on Memorial Day.

According to Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, a storm and cold front will move through the area today.

The storm will move through the region creating chances for rain in the afternoon and evening.

There are chances for rain through Wednesday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.


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