‘Flags for fallen soldiers’ a commendable mission

By Paula Guillory

STAFF WRITER

Jude Cormier and Sondra Booth have began a mission entitled “flags for fallen soldiers.” The aim of this cause is to honor those men and woman who have fought to establish and protect the freedoms enjoyed by all American citizens.

Cormier and Booth set out armed with American flags and placed them at grave sites with a military marker.

According to Booth, “we are not just honoring those that fell in battle, as long as they served, they should be honored.”

When asked how this project was started they both agreed, “it all started with honoring Seth (Trahan). We were visiting his grave site and decided to look for Ike’s (Sinclair) to pay respects to the other Crowley soldier that was killed in Iraq.” They continued, “as we searched we were astounded at how many veteran’s had no marking except for the military markers.”

Based on these observations, Cormier and Booth have set out to honor these heros and “hope to create a movement that everyone can be a part of.”

One way for everyone to get involved is “take one flag with you when you visit loved ones at the cemetery then place the flag at a grave with a military marker,” Cormier explained. This is a sure-fire method to add some red, white and blue to our cemeteries. He also suggests, “use Veteran’s Day (November 11) as a starting point and continue this through the year.”

The duo has visited Woodlawn Cemetery on several missions and Cormier said, “the next one I will visit is St. Lawrence in Mowata. That is where my father is buried. They both concluded by saying, “those who fought for our country deserve to have the flag flying over their final resting place.”

Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to do so and can join the Facebook group “Flags for Fallen Soldiers” for more information.

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