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Memorial Day: Vets honor fallen veterans

A Memorial Day tradition.

Dan Peterson, a veteran of the North Dakota National Guard, flies flags inside the Bowman Cemetery. Its a Memorial Day tradition each year. (Photo by Chris Peterson)
Dan Peterson, a veteran of the North Dakota National Guard, flies flags inside the Bowman Cemetery. Its a Memorial Day tradition each year. (Photo by Chris Peterson)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Veteran Dan Peterson wakes up early each Memorial Day and heads out to the Bowman Cemetery.

13315653_10208379403900250_5731467813850478060_nWith him he brings white crosses and American flags.

His mission, as commander of the Bowman American Legion, is to pay tribute to the memory of local veterans. He places the crosses near grave sites and flies flags around the grounds.

Dan’s wife and fellow veteran, Chris, was joined by her parents, Terry and Nancy Schaefer,  to assist Peterson with his patriotic duty. Peterson had continued this tradition for the last few years in Bowman.

The cemetery sees many visitors over Memorial Day weekend. People from near and far come to the small resting place, located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Highways 85 and 12. They visit their loved ones and honor the veterans that have been laid to rest.

The flags are retired just before sundown on Monday since any flying American flags are required to be lit at night.

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