Memorial Day tradition passes onto next generation

By Geri Schuler, American Legion Post 125 Lyndon

Rain, flooding, nothing will keep American Legion Post 125 Lyndon from showing their respect for their lost brothers and sisters at arms. Last weekend might have been raining and areas were flooding but if you were near the Lyndon, Vassar and Quenemo area, you still saw the flags go up and come down as scheduled.

Raising the flags is a tradition since about 50 years ago when the Avenue of Flags at Lyndon Cemetery was started, and later at Vassar Cemetery. The tradition has seen many people helping, but there are the constant few that have always helped. They are aware they can’t continue doing it forever so they are passing it down to next generation, some to their own sons and grandsons.

052815-flags-schuler2Danny Roush has been helping place the flags for 32 years straight, only missing during three deployments. He has had his kids and grandkids help over the years, but more recently his dogs, Shadow and Dolly, have been in the back of the truck helping put up the flags.

Then there is Eldon Decker. He has been working the Vassar Cemetery with his sons for most of time they had the Avenue of Flags there. More recently it has grown to having his grandsons helping. This is a family tradition they want to continue on for many generations.

Grant Dalrymple watched his grandfather, Lou Wohletz, help with the flags since he was a kid and was glad to help this year. He follows his family’s footsteps not only when it comes to helping with the Memorial Day flags, but he is the third generation of his family to serve in the Air Force.

The Jordan family has been providing mini flags for the graves of the cemeteries for 20 plus years. You can see their 92-year old mother putting flags out with her family on Thursday and Friday before Memorial Day every year.

Without the help of these families and many more you wouldn’t be able to see the flags flying every year. And with the formation of the Sons of the Legion at Post 125 this past year, they hope to bring even more generations to continue this tradition.

Why should this tradition continue? To the Legionnaires it’s simple, it’s respect. These men and women fought for our freedom, some fought beside them, but no matter what, they all fought to defend this wonderful country we call home.

052815-flags-schuler3Photos thanks to Geri Schuler.

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