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November 7, 2019

73 flags planted in advance of Veterans Day ceremony

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Lulu Baer adjusts some of the 73 flags she planted below the Fauquier Veterans Memorial on Hospital Hill.
She missed the small flags that scouts for decades placed on Hospital Hill before Veterans Day and in the Warrenton Cemetery for that ceremony and for Memorial Day.

Lulu Baer had helped with annual ritual during her son Abram’s time in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. These days, the 22-year-old son serves in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Ms. Baer noticed the tradition had somehow ended. So, after getting permission from the hospital, she on Wednesday afternoon placed 73 American flags in a perfect V just downhill from the Fauquier Veterans Memorial.

Her “slide-rule guy” husband Leon helped decide on placement, with flags aligned at 22-1/2 degrees from an axis running from the memorial’s flagpole to a holly tree at the hill’s bottom. That, Ms. Baer says, gives motorists heading down Shirley Avenue a perfect view.

The flags also serve as a reminder of the community’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.

As always, it will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

Marking the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month started with the end of World War I.

Sponsored by the Fauquier Veterans Council — composed of the county’s five American Legion and VFW posts — the ceremony will include patriotic music and speeches.

At noon, the nearby American Legion Post 72 will conduct a ceremony to dedicate its memorial plaza, with pavers honoring veterans.

The post will offer lunch, at $8 per plate, after that dedication.
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