Park Honors Nation's Military on Memorial Day

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May 31, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A Grand Junction, Colo., family business paid tribute to the nation's men and women in the armed services with a flag raising ceremony on Monday (May 30), Memorial Day.

Not only did the Grand Junction West RV Park and the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard raise a flag in honor of our nation's fallen heroes but they also announced their participation in the "Tents for Troops" program, KKCO-TV, Grand Junction, reported.

Though the event was joyous, watching a loved one leave for war is not something a family wants to go through.

"The first time my niece said, 'I love you daddy' he was overseas," says a teary-eyed Mari Garland.

But some argue war is a necessary evil that enable our freedom. That's why the Garland family, who owns Junction West RV Park, hosted this event.

"It was a way to honor our family who have served and then extend that honor to the rest of the military," says Garland.

She and her family held this ceremony Monday to remind folks what our men and women in uniform fight for.

"We wouldn't have freedom. We won't have the freedom to assemble. We won't have the freedom to speak our minds. We won't have the freedom to disagree," she explains of our troops.

Member of Grand Valley Honor Guard George Lewis, who performed the ceremony with four other guards, sees a difference in patriotism since he fought.

"We have come a long way since Vietnam war," says Lewis.

Lewis says faith is what holds the country together through times that seem unbearable like war or natural disasters.

"Everybody has to have some faith in something," says Lewis.

And says our country is lucky to hold such strong beliefs.

Those of us that had the opportunity to be raised by religious folks; I think we were very fortunate," Lewis explains.

Garland says her and her family's dep faith gets them through the tough days. She says she is grateful.

"Our country has been blessed because in God we trust," says Lewis.

She says it kills her every time a loved one leaves for the trenches but says the real pain comes in the memories we often take for granted.

"Those special kinds of sacrifices. The little ones probably as much as anything. Things like a simple I love you," says Garland.

The "Tents for Troops" network offers active military and their family members complimentary camp sites as a thank you to their service in our country.

Junction West RV Park will offer members of the military an RV or tent site for two free nights. So far 38 out of the 50 states offer tents for troop discount.

The creator of the network says he hopes to have all 50 states represented with more than 2,000 parks within the next three years.

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