OUTSIDE FARIBAULT AMERICAN Legion Post 43, shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, the crowd began to gather.
Veterans. Their wives. Relatives of veterans. Those who care about those who’ve served. Patriotic Americans.
On the third Sunday of every month, every Sunday since September 11, 2001, the Legion has hosted a FrontLine Honors Ceremony honoring those service members who have died in the past 30 days while serving their country.
This month the list of deceased included 14 Americans—Sonny, Benjamin, Errol, Tracy, Hilda, Justin, Corey, Javier, Justin, Ember, Robert, William, Jared, Jesse.
Someone’s son. Someone’s daughter.
Hometown men and women from places like Waynesfield, Ohio; Kennewick, Washington; and Gentry, Arkansas.
Some dead due to hostile rocket fire and other attacks, others for non-hostile reasons.
On the informational sheet distributed to those in attendance, a line typed across the bottom summarizes well the purpose of the gathering:
These 14 Americans have sacrificed their lives for you and your country. Never forget.
I expect many in attendance will also remember the presentation of the Legion’s American flag to 4 ½-year-old Carter Quinlan. Each month the Legion’s U.S. flag is retired and gifted to a local military family, on this Sunday the Quinlans of Faribault. Carter, who stood as solemn and respectful as any adult in attendance, accepted the folded flag on behalf of his father, Derek; grandfather, Mark; and uncle, Travis. (Click here to read a previous post on this presentation.)
A new flag was then hoisted to fly for another month outside the Legion, where, on the third Sunday of August, at 1 p.m., folks will gather again for another FrontLine Honors Ceremony.
BONUS FLAG PRESENTATION PHOTOS:
FYI: Watch for a forthcoming post about the dedication of a veterans’ memorial on private property along Roberds Lake, rural Faribault.
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