Today was Saddleback's Veterans day! It was our opportunity to thank all of the veterans from all branches of the service for their service and sacrifices. We gave all veterans who turned out a free day of skiing. We also offered their spouse a $25 ticket and dependent children a $20 ticket. Approximately 100 veterans took us up on the free ticket offer. It was a bluebird day and the snow surfaces were perfect for them.

The high point of the day was the ceremony that took place in fireplace room of the base lodge at noon. The ceremony began with bagpiper Bob Underwood marching into the fireplace room playing his pipes. The Mount Blue Band from Farmington played the national anthem and a medley of military tunes. Saddleback CEO & former Marine, Warren Cook welcomed everyone and honored several local veterans in attendance, including our very own Harold "Hack" Spiller. Hack served in the Pacific during World War. Hack now tends the operation of the South Branch Quad. Also recognized was Ray Atwood, a long time resident of Saddleback's White Birch condos. General Libby, Commander of the Maine National Guard also made some remarks and thanked the veterans for their service. Members of the Marine Corp proceeded with a moving flag folding ceremony, and then the event ended with two more pieces from bagpiper Bob. The day was not over; there was still a lot more skiing to do. Most headed back out onto the mountain for which they came. Although this was an unusual event to see in a base lodge during a ski day, it was very much appreciated by all who attended. Look for another Veterans Day next year!

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