Monument in Livingston County honors U.S. service members

Placing an excess of 2,000 crosses and flags in a field was a lot of work for the older volunteers with American Legion Post 217 every Memorial Day.

That’s one reason they’ve put up a monument bearing the names of about 2,100 U.S. service members who were born, who lived, or who were buried in Livingston County.

Gold stars on the black monument represent people from Livingston County killed in action.

Thirty-three flags in the ground with crosses represent those who died between last Memorial Day and this one. Those names will be engraved in the fall. 

"We are trying to make sure that those people that are engraved on those granite stones will be remembered for a long time," said American Legion Post 217 Commander William David Brown. "It’d take a thousand years for mother nature to erase those names on those stones."

The women of Post 217 visited Livingston County cemeteries and area courthouses to help find each service member’s name for the monument.

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