After forgetting cemetery flags last year, Auburn doing Memorial Day right

7:21 PM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- City councilors say it was a break-down in communication that caused one Auburn cemetery to go without flags for veterans last Memorial Day.

Somehow, said Councilor Leroy Walker, Oak Hill Cemetery was missed.

"It was upsetting that no one put out flags for our heroes," said Walker. "There was too may organizations involved, and everyone was pointing fingers at who was supposed to do it."

Walker said there is about 5,500 graves in Oak Hill, and estimates about 2,000 are veterans.

"The further I went, the sadder I became," said City Councilor Tizz Crowley, remembering how she walked through the forgotten cemetery last year.

"I went to the city and said it can't happen again," said Crowley.

This year, they're doing Memorial Day right.

Three weeks ago, Public Works crews started sprucing up the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Crowley has been researching names to add to city records of veteran graves.

Crowley, Walker, and other city officials led the effort to place hundreds of flags, and double check stones to make sure no veteran is forgotten.

"As a veteran myself, I'm extremely proud of what we've done," said Assistant City Manager Howard Kroll. "It wasn't anything that I've done, really our council has kind of challenged the city to step up and recognize."

City officials, along with members of the local VFW and American Legion, will hold a special Memorial Day ceremony in the Oak Hill Cemetery at noon on Monday.


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