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Philomath Flag Placement ceremony 2019

Eric Niemann goes over the details with OSU Army ROTC cadets prior to Saturday morning's flag placement ceremony at Mt. Union Cemetery.

It was pretty much a perfect morning for folks to place flags and flowers on the gravesites of the 201 veterans buried at Mount Union Cemetery. The rain held off and the temperatures were cool enough to be pleasant.

The only unfortunate part of the event to me was that it didn’t attract very many people. If you don’t count those who were a part of the ceremony, there were probably less than a dozen who showed up — most of them faces that I’ve seen in past years.

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The flag-placement ceremony is now in its fifth year. Eric Niemann, who is among the most patriotic people I’ve ever met and himself a veteran, organized the event in 2015. I think it’s important for such ceremonies to exist. We need to remember those who put on the uniform and served our country, including those fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

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