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In Holliston, Mass., flags on the green in front of the Congregational Church and on utility poles along the main streets pay tribute to coalition troops lost in the war. The display, inspiring and poignant, has become an annual thing.
"I hate to call it a tradition," said Robert Blair, commander of the local American Legion post. "That's a bad word for it. Call it a tribute."
As part of its observance of Memorial Day this Monday, the local American Legion post will place 2,849 flags -- each representing one coalition soldier who has died during the war on terror -- tonight at 6 on the First Congregational Church's common on Washington Street.
Local teens have helped prepare care packages for soldiers stationed in Iraq, but it has been adults who have been most impacted by roadside tributes of more than 400 soldiers' names posted on utility poles.
"Everyone reminds me of the ages -- they're so young," he said.
This is the third year of the roadside tribute in Holliston. Volunteers have had to scale back the number of signs, because to make one for each dead soldier this year would stretch over 55 miles of local roads.