GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Preparation is underway for a Memorial Day ceremony at Monday night's JUCO game.
It involves ceremonial Casket Flags. Those are American Flags donated by families of fallen service members, and they're used in ceremonies to honor men and women who've died serving their country.
Sunday afternoon those flags were prepared to be taken over to Suplizio Field. Each one had to be inspected any damage, before being attached to its pole, rolled up and loaded into a van.
The Monday evening Junior College World Series game starts at 7:30 p.m. The Memorial Day service is at 7 p.m.
“Each flag that we’re holding is for a service member that didn’t make it back, and didn’t make it home, so that’s a really great way for us to stand out there in front of our community, and let everybody know that, hey, they aren’t forgotten. And that’s exactly what the purpose of Memorial Day is for,” said Kent Hess, Community Outreach Officer, CMU Student Veterans Association.
Western Slope VFW Post 3981 and the Colorado Mesa University Student Veterans Association helped prepare the flags to be moved on Sunday.
If you're a veteran that would like to participate in carrying the flags out on to the field, stop by the VA tent in front of the main entrance to Suplizio at 6:15 p.m.