The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial: Courthouse needs a war memorial
Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - May 30, 2017 - Updated: May 30, 2017
How did it come to pass that Mesa County doesn’t have a war memorial on the grounds of the courthouse?
It’s a curious departure from the patriotic spirit that pervades this valley. How many towns in Colorado can boast of having both a Veterans Affairs hospital and a Veterans Memorial Cemetery? Short of military towns, few places are sown with more opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for military service than Grand Junction; yet we lack a monument to hometown heroes so ubiquitous in county seats across the country.
Lack of a courthouse war memorial hasn’t stopped this community from properly honoring the memory of the men and women who served the cause of freedom. To suggest otherwise would be an insult to members of local groups who decorate graves and organize ceremonies to remind us that freedom isn’t free.