The 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony was a tremendous success for theElizabeth community. Over 300 citizens attended the ceremony. Bonny Rought, Commander of American Legion Post 82, was the Master of Ceremonies. The event began with the American Legion Post 82 Honor Guard raising the N018, Infantryational Colors and then lowering them to half-staff. The High Plains Singers sang an amazin A Capella version of the National Anthem.
The Military Brancy flags were raised with the assistance of Boy Scouts from Troop 636, Girl Scouts from Troop 2381 and the Elizabeth Venture Scouts Crew.The Army flag was raised by 2nd LT Connor Wills, who was commissioned May 13, 2018, Infantry, at Norwich University. The Marine Corps flag was raised by Marine Corp Veteran Don Goldston, who served from 1970 -1974 and is a Vietnam era veteran. The Navy flag was raised by Harold "John" Jurewicz, retired Chief Petty Officer. John served from 1991 - 2015 and was deployed 3 times in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Unified Protector. Judith Benham raised the Air Force flag. She is a Vietnam era veteran and served in the late 1960's at Westover Air Force Base. Retired Chief Warrant Officer (W-3)) Neil Lovins, who served 20 years in the U. S. Coast Guard, raised the Coast Guard flag.
Chris Boyer, who was a U. S. Marine Corps Corporal, ws the keynot speaker. Chris served wiht F Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines as a cannoneer in Iraq. Chris served 4 years on active duty. Chris has PTSD and speaks publicly about his disorder and the strategies that he uses to control it. Chris gave an amazing speech that left the audience quiet and contemplative. Chris attributs much of his recent success with his battle with PTSD to his equestrian therapy at Eagles Nest Ranch in Elizabeth., CO Chris was presented with a challenge coin and a certificate by Post 82 , BonniCommandere Rought.
The High Plains Singers sang "God Bless America" and the American Legion Post 82 Honor Guard performed the customary three (3) volley salute to hoor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.,the giving of their life for our country.
At the end of the program, a lone F-16 Falcon did a flyover. The pilot was ManjorJosh "Ratt" Burger. Hie is a ember of the 120th Fighter quadron, part of the 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard, stationed at Buckley Air Force Base. It was a fitting end to a moving cerimony.