The Lynch-Cotten American Legion Post #190 held a memorial service for fallen members of the armed services.
"This day is sacred to us all with all the heartfelt moments of those who have gone before us," said Larry Kontour, adjutant.
"We honor the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of our country, and of all those others who have since dropped their burdens by the wayside of life and have gone to their eternal rest."
The flags flying at Crawford Cemetery were given by the nation to the families of fallen veterans from the Crawford area. On Sunday, May 26, the families of Evelyn Macklin and Kenneth "Whitey" Burns helped raise flags in their honor.
Evelyn Macklin, who died on Jan. 18 at the age of 95, joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 to help the war effort. She was assigned to the naval training base in Michigan "making sure the stores and warehouses were properly stocked with all the parts and pieces that were needed for training the sailors." She was discharged in 1945 after the end of World War II.
Kenneth "Whitie" Burns was known as a crack shot with a rifle even though he had lost one eye in a rodeo accident while in high school. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 during the Korean Conflict. After arriving in Korea, the army discovered he only had one eye. He returned to the states and received an honorable discharge. He died at 83.
"Both Evelyn and Kenneth were lifetime members of the Lynch-Cotten American Legion Post here in Crawford," Kontour said. "Today we will honor Evelyn and Kenneth by flying their flags."blog comments powered by Disqus