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Darien VFW places 1,400 flags for veterans

Veteran Ed Oldis places an American flag next to the grave of a deceased military veteran during a memorial ceremony at Clarendon Hills Cemetery, 6900 Cass Ave., in Darien on Friday.
Veteran Ed Oldis places an American flag next to the grave of a deceased military veteran during a memorial ceremony at Clarendon Hills Cemetery, 6900 Cass Ave., in Darien on Friday.
Vet memorial at Clarendon Hills Cemetery: 5 photos

DARIEN – To a veteran, the American flag always will mean more than 50 stars and 13 stripes.

It symbolizes what they fought for, the brothers in arms they lost and the sacrifice they made for their country. Last week, the Downers Grove VFW and Darien Memorial VFW posts joined together with local Boy Scouts, including those from Troop 97, to install 1,400 flags at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien.

“Those kids were the ones that hustled more than us old men,” said World War II veteran Ed Oldis.

Oldis said the VFW posts have been doing the event for at least 15 years. The VFWs also add flags to the total each year to symbolize the veterans who have died since the last Memorial Day.

A service to honor veterans also took place Monday.

“There was a nice crowd at both places,” Oldis said. “We veterans sometimes need a little recognition.”

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