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Behind the scenes: Town staff prepare for Memorial Day

Cut green grass and manicured park lawns are maintained throughout Windsor through the work of employees like Elliot Schmidt, park maintenance supervisor with the town of Windsor.

"We hustle every day," Schmidt said. "We cut all the grass in all the parks weekly, and on the sports fields we cut it twice a week."

On Wednesday, Schmidt, park technicians and seasonal employees "hustled" around Lakeview Cemetery in preparation for Monday's Memorial Day ceremony in the cemetery.

The ceremony honors veterans laid to rest in Windsor, and, according to a news release from the town of Windsor, will include comments and the placement of the memorial wreath by the American Legion, remarks from Mayor Kristie Melendez and guest speakers Colorado state Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, and Maria Secrest, a representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

The park maintenance and forestry team includes at least 10 full-time employees, a number that can more than double in part-time and seasonal employees, Schmidt said.

They work to maintain each park's irrigation system, prepare for events, clean up after the events, maintain the playgrounds, clean park restrooms and clean after any storm activities.

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"The community is very appreciative," he said.

But not everyone realizes all the things the team does, Schmidt said.

"Really, a lot of stuff that people take for granted, they don't realize that if we didn't do it things would fall apart very quick," he said.

Employees were laying sod, weed-whacking around structures and mowing at Lakeview Cemetery for hours Wednesday.

Local Boy Scout troops also worked to place flags on veterans' graves and around the horseshoe at the cemetery.

Schmidt said they hope the preventative work the parks maintenance crews do means residents will not notice how good the parks look because they will never see a comparison of how bad they would look without the constant maintenance.

"So you might not drive by and say, 'Boy that looks horrible and that looks good.' It always looks good," Schmidt said. "It takes a lot more work to do that."

Windsor Memorial Day ceremony

The town of Windsor and the American Legion will hold the town’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Lakeview Cemetery, 32815 Highway 257.

Free breakfast will be offered to all veterans and for $5 per plate for non-veterans from 7-9 a.m. at the American Legion Post 109, 624 Ash St. in Windsor on Monday, before the ceremony, according to the release.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and encouraged to place decorations at burial sites. According to the release, decoration parameters set by Lakeview Cemetery are as follows:

» The placement of any perennial, shrub, evergreen, trees or rose bush is prohibited. The town reserves the right to remove any overgrown or unapproved plantings.

» Sprays and wreaths made from fresh-cut flowers will be allowed, but will be removed within two weeks or, in the cemetery technician’s opinion, when they become unsightly or detrimental.

» Artificial sprays and wreaths will be allowed from May 1 through June 20, as well as December 1 through March 1. The cemetery technician shall remove all artificial sprays and wreaths when they become unsightly.

» The town is not liable for lost, misplaced or broken flower vases, or for damage done by the elements, thieves, vandals or by causes beyond its control. The town reserves the right to regulate the method of decorating lots and has the right to remove any decoration so that a uniform beauty may be maintained.

Local Boy Scout troops will place flags and crosses on veteran graves Friday, May 26. If a veteran gravesite is missing a flag, contact the American Legion at 970-518-9617.

Gravesite decoration regulations are posted at the cemetery and on the town website at windsorgov.com. For more information on Lakeview Cemetery, contact the Town of Windsor at 970-674-2400 or visit windsorgov.com/cemetery.