Annabelle Sage Davis, 5, walked through the Aspen Hill Cemetery on Sunday looking for the graves of veterans where she, with help from mom, Katie, placed American flags to honor their service during the Memorial Day weekend.

“These men and women have fought for our freedom so we need to do everything we can to honor them,” Katie Davis said. “I’m trying to teach her to appreciate everything we’ve been blessed with.”

Although the coronavirus pandemic canceled larger commemorations like ceremonies and parades, more subdued tributes remained, allowing Jackson residents to gather in smaller, spread-out groups to reflect on and honor the service of veterans.

Jackson Hole American Legion Post 43 continued its annual tradition of placing flags on graves at cemeteries across the valley. In this photo essay, News&Guide photographer Kathryn Ziesig documents volunteers as they saluted service members, remembering each veteran buried at the cemetery nestled among the trees at the foot of Snow King Mountain.

Shortly after sunrise Monday, members of Post 43 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4274 walked over to Town Square, read proclamations from elected officials and saluted the flag as Tim Day played taps. Organizers kept the ceremony small in the interest of public health and safety. Plans are in the works to formally dedicate the town’s newly reconstructed veterans monument at a future date.

As morning sun filtered through the streets, the Jackson Hole Lions Club also kept up its Memorial Day ritual, giving downtown businesses a patriotic flair by putting up flags (see cover story) around the square.

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Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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