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Obituary flags a call to listen to veterans

You might notice something a little different about our obituary page this week.

Some of the obituaries include small American flags. As you may have guessed, these mark the obituaries of men and women who served in the armed forces.

The flags were suggested by members of Carl B. Fenton American Legion Post 20 in Dallas. We were only too happy to oblige. The week after Memorial Day seemed an appropriate time to begin.

By some estimates, World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 1,000 per day. Soon they will go the way of their predecessors from World War I. There are less than 1,000 World War I veterans still alive.

With all these veterans die their stories. Soon there will be no one left to tell what it was really like at places like the Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal and Normandy.

Eyewitnesses to Inchon and the Tet Offensive will eventually follow.

We hope the flags on our obituaries will further remind readers of what veterans mean to us and our society. More importantly, we hope it will remind them that time is fleeting.

There are stories to be told and little time left to listen. We should also listen to what our fathers and grandfathers -- mothers and grandmothers -- have to say before their names show up in the paper next to little American flags.


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