Cordova VFW Post #10032 salutes veterans

Former VFW Post #10032 Commander Clydde Torgerson approaches gravesites of veterans to honor each one with an American flag. Photo by Wendy Ranney/President of the Post #10032 Auxiliary

Members of Cordova’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10032 and community volunteers turned out in the pouring rain on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, to honor the memory of local veterans now in their final resting place, with American flags at each gravesite.

More than a dozen residents turned out in the pouring rain to honor the memory of local veterans. Photo courtesy of Joan Jackson

The volunteers of all ages ranged from Clydde Torgerson former commander of VFW Post #10032 to Cordova’s Lone Boy Scout, Jacob Ranney, to youngsters like Eleanor Rose. Placing flags at the tombs of local veterans is an annual VFW Memorial Day event, as it is nationwide, from small towns like Cordova to Arlington National Cemetery, where President Joe Biden on Memorial Day 2021, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Jack Stevenson was at the cemetery to clean the gravestone of his brother-in-law, David Alen Lape, as flags were put at each veteran’s gravesite. Photo by Wendy Ranney/President of the Post #10032 Auxiliary
Jacob Ranney, Cordova’s only Boy Scout, now registered as a Lone Scout, was earning community service hours while participating in Memorial Day events. Photo by Wendy Ranney/President of the Post #10032 Auxiliary
Mark Steen, a Cordova veteran and member of Post #10032, regularly participates in placement of flags at gravesites when he is in town. Photo by Wendy Ranney/President of the Post #10032 Auxiliary
Lillian Adkinson, with an armful of flags, braves the rain to be sure every veteran will have their gravesite honored. Photo by Wendy Ranney/President of the Post #10032 Auxiliary
Little Eleanor Rose does her part to salute the memory of veterans from wars long before her birth, was among the youngest volunteers helping the VFW to honor their veterans. Photo by Wendy Ranney/President of the Post #10032 Auxiliary