Hillsdale honors veterans for Memorial Day

HILLSDALE, MI (WLNS) – Hundreds of flags line the streets of Hillsdale to honor those who served the country. Placed by the Kiwanis Club and its flag club leader, Tom Osbourne a long time Hillsdale resident.

“They say, ‘you know this is really something.’ And, when you drive down the street and see all of these flags you understand that it is something special,” said Osbourne.

But, that’s not at all. Crosses honoring more than 100 people from Hillsdale who died in war line M-99. A former Vietnam Veteran, Jeff Francis wanted to make sure those who paid the ultimate sacrifice are remembered.

“It gets me right in the chest. When I turn the corner and see these I get very emotional. Some of my friends died over there, so this is like they’re my friends also,” said Exchange Club Board Member Jeff Francis.

With people marking the long weekend, these two hope you don’t lose sight of what Memorial Day is about.

Francis said, “I hope they understand what sacrifice this country does to improve the lives of our citizens. I hope they don’t ever forget it.”

“It’s where we remember those who fought for our country and many of them have died doing that,” said Osbourne.

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