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Looking for The Fallen

Hailie Velasco searches for familiar names on the bricks at the Hayden City Hall during the Hayden Memorial Day observance Monday  She was accompanied by her mother Lindsey Osborn. They were looking for two names in particular, Sgt Nate Beyers and Spc Nicholas W Newby. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Hayden -- Children tiptoed around Monday morning on the memorial pavers that line the ground in front of Hayden City Hall. Nearby, an older veteran moved slowly along the sidewalk bricks. Like the children, he was head down, reading the names engraved into the walkway, all part of the city's PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans Memorial Plaza. A man walked over, another leading him to look at a particular brick. "That's me," he said, smiling. "My wife didn't want to wait." Then, Jay Lee Lillefloren, Master Gunnery Sgt., United States Marine Corps, moved along, reading the other names around his. His wife, Diana, leaned over the inscription of her husband's name, rank and dates of service, and held a cell phone out to capture an image of it. "It's the first time we've seen it," she said, before apologizing for the tears on her face/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you attend a Memorial Day service yesterday?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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