Veterans Host Memorial Day Service In Crawford

May 27, 2014

A flag left at the grave of a veteran laid to rest in Crawford, CO.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Over 60 people attended a Memorial Day service at the Crawford Cemetery on Sunday. 

Crawford's American Legion Lynch-Cotton Post #190 led the service that honored veterans that have passed away. 

Kurt Ulrich, a member of the post, served in the Air Force.

“It’s very important to honor the dead..because we have left a lot of fallen soldiers throughout the world, Ulrich said. "And, it’s very important that we honor them.”

Harold Cunningham, a Korean War veteran and post member, said he's been tending graves in commemoration of Memorial Day for 51 years.   

Crawford's American Legion Lynch-Cotton Post #190 held a Memorial Day service at the town's cemetery, Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Credit Laura Palmisano

"I don't know if it's important, but it's important to me because I'm a veteran," Cunningham said when asked to explain why the holiday is important to him. 

Lila Linman’s husband Bill, an Army veteran, passed away last year and was honored at the service. 

Linman said she was "humbled" to have her husband recognized for his service. 

Amy Peebles brought her three sons to the ceremony.

“It’s just a tradition for our family, Peebles said. "My father was in the service and...he used to be a part of the post."

She said she usually comes to decorates graves and attend the ceremony.