Colfax community honors its veterans |

Colfax community honors its veterans

Kathryn Holt, president of the VFW Auxiliary and scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 6, of Meadow Vista, and Nathan Balaguy, senior Scout and Eagle candidate, give a formal presentation to a large crowd at the Colfax Cemetery Saturday.

On Saturday, members of the Colfax community heeded an “all hands on deck” call to honor local veterans by placing more than 400 American flags on grave sites at the Colfax Cemetery off North Canyon Way.

Representatives from many Placer County organizations participated in comprising a group of nearly 150 people paying tribute to those who served.

“Originally called “Armistice Day,” this day was conceived as a tribute to the Americans who sacrificed their lives in World War I,” said Kathryn Holt, president of the Colfax Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and scoutmaster for Boy Scouts, Troop 6, in Meadow Vista.

“Now we also honor all American veterans who have served in any war, before or after World War I … to defend democracy. We honor our veterans from every time of peace, as well, for they protect what our war veterans fought and died to defend.

“We celebrate this weekend … we honor veterans today and every day … because we know that without them, there would be no ‘land of the free.’”

Among those honored with flags Saturday was a tombstone of a man who fought in the Civil War, who worked as a blacksmith, with horse shoes as his specialty. Another grave site marked the service of a prisoner of war.

On Sunday, the VFW and the American Legion, Post 2003 of Colfax, hosted a breakfast for the community at the Veterans Memorial Hall.

“All of our veterans have protected our democracy, our freedom, our way of life,” Holt said during Saturday’s service. “Today, we honor and thank each of you.

“And tomorrow we will continue to honor you. You have given us the chance to live in freedom today and an opportunity to look forward to tomorrow. You have given us every day and protected every freedom. We must honor veterans every day, in every way.”

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