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Signs To Honor America's Fallen to Return

by Bobby Blair
May 15, 2017

Those roadside sign's honoring American troops who died in the Middle East will return this Memorial Day. The project by the local American Legion began in 2003 after the first casualties were reported in Iraq. The 'Tribute" continued for the next dozen years on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. During the early years of the "Tribute" the signs extended into seven different towns and reached a length of 34.4 miles long. The signs received a hiatus for the past two years as so few deaths have been reported; organizers cite the lack of substanial signs made the tribute ineffective.

Once again on Sunday May 21st American Legion members will hang 65 signs honoring those who died from May 30th, 2015 to the present. The poster board as it has been since the "Tributes" inception was donated by former Holliston, now a Brewster resident, Roger Gandini.

 

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Comments (4)

For me these signs have been a teaching moment for my kids. In the past I have made them read me the names as I drive and especially the ages. I want them to know that freedom costs lives and they should never take it for granted.

- Billy Littlefield | 5/16/17 7:24 AM

Looking forward to the day that no new signs will be posted 65 is too many.

- jean morrissey | 5/15/17 5:50 PM

The very first time I saw the signs, I didn't know if they were a pro- or anti- war statement. What was clear though, was that they brought to mind the real human cost of our military engagements abroad, the shocking numbers of casualties and now, the dreadful length of the campaign(s). In my opinion that is the perfect kind of tribute: one that simply states the obvious. "Notice this: we are losing real people to violence on foreign ground." Such a tragedy, any way you look at it. Thank you for your good work, Bobby Blair and all.

- ST Woodrow | 5/15/17 11:15 AM

I am as anti war as you can get. It also drives me crazy that those that insist we "honor" the troops are often the same people that won't fund badly needed services for returning vets. But these signs! These are simple, eloquent reminders of what so many gave and lost. Everyday they are lost in the never ending drumbeat of bad news. Thank you for reminding us of what has been given.

- Mark Schultz | 5/15/17 9:46 AM

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