There will be Memorial Day observances in Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford this weekend.
In honor of Memorial Day weekend, the Hotchkiss VFW Ladies Auxiliary will accept donations for its annual poppy distribution from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Hotchkiss City Market. The VFW will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday, at Riverside Cemetery. The public is invited.
The American Legion Wilson Head Post 97 in Paonia will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremonies this Monday, May 28. At 9 a.m., the first of four services will be held at the Somerset Cemetery. A service at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia begins at 10 a.m., followed at 10:30 by a ceremony on the Grand Avenue Bridge. The final service will begin at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery.
On Saturday, May 26, the Women's Auxiliary will hold its annual Poppy Day at Don's Market. All donations are gratefully accepted.
The Crawford American Legion Post 190 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Crawford Cemetery. This year, three deceased veterans, USMC mortarman Dave Hocker, who served in Vietnam; Bob Little Hawk Heid, who served in the Army Air Force in Europe and the South Pacific beginning in 1944; and Lieutenant Junior Grade Henrietta Keenan, who served in the Navy ROTC post-Korea, will be honored. The ceremony will include the traditional firing squad and playing of Taps. Following services, the Fruitland Mesa, Needlerock and Maher-Onion Valley clubs will sponsor the annual Memorial Day dinner at Crawford Methodist Church. Homestead Beef and all the fixins' will be served. Cost is $5 for children under 12, $10 for adults.