American Legion pays tribute to all soldiers
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[May 29, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

At 1 p.m. Monday, crowds were gathered once again outside American Legion Post 263 to witness the release of hundreds of red, white, blue and gold balloons. Also added into the mix was a special selection of black balloons.

The red, white and blue balloons represented all veterans, living and passed, who served their country. The gold balloons were designated as tributes to those who died in the line of duty, and the black balloons represented those who are still considered prisoners of war or missing in action.

As the balloons were brought outside, volunteers carried the large batches around the audience and offered balloons to anyone who wanted to be a part of the release.

By early afternoon the winds were quite strong, and keeping hold of the balloons soon became one of the biggest challenges of the day. In the end, though, only a handful got away prematurely.

Pictures by Nila Smith







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