Veteran's Day, 2008, on the Vineyard. I happened upon the most amazing spectacle - a seemingly endless field of flags, as far as the eye could see, in the Vineyard Haven Cemetery. I stood among these flags - 400, as I would later learn, each flag representing a veteran - and I was struck by two things: the sound of only the wind and the ruffling of the flags; and the way the wind - brisk, out of the northwest - gave life to the flags. Certainly, this would have been an entirely different experience had there been no wind; there was most definitely a spirit in that place.
After speaking with Ed Colligan from the American Legion, who told me that every flag represents a serviceman or woman (living or dead), I decided to purchase a flag in the memory of Paul G. Thibodeau, USN.
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