Memorial Flags, Part 2
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Memorial Flags, Part 2
By Mary Lynn Bushong
1 Dylan counted out the hundred or so flags they would need for their section. While he did that, Sam looked over the printed sheets with the names.
2 "Wow," he said, "there sure are a lot of soldiers buried here."
3 Dylan nodded. "Dad thinks that there are as many or more soldiers, percentage wise, from smaller towns who went to fight than there were from big cities."
4 "Huh," was Sam's vague response. "Why does he think that?"
5 "He says that people who live further from the big cities have a bond with the land that others don't have. I don't know if it's true, though," said Dylan. "There, I'm done counting. If you can take one bag of flags, I'll take the other."
6 It took ten minutes of brisk walking for the two boys to cross to the far corner of the cemetery where their jobs began. Dylan called out the names of the servicemen on the headstones. Sam checked them off the list when the memorial flag was put in place.
7 The two boys moved quickly and methodically down the long rows, looking for the men who had served or died during World War II. A first, the servicemen were in family groups. There were even some from other wars, and the boys went ahead and put flags out, noting the names as they did so. Eventually they came to a section that was dedicated to just the servicemen. They had been killed during World War II and had been brought home for burial.
8 Dylan looked up when a car drove slowly around the narrow, winding road and stopped near where they were working.
9 An old man slowly climbed out of the car and used crutches to steady himself. On his head he wore an old military cap, and his uniform was faded. On his chest were several medals. The boys knew immediately that this man was not only a veteran, but a decorated hero. Sam handed the papers to Dylan and rushed over to the man.
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