We went to the Naskeag Cemetery yesterday, which we try to do each Memorial Day weekend.

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As we entered, the blossoms of the crabapple tree to our left were starting to tumble onto the veteran’s flag and gravestone below the tree.

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That stone was small, plain, and embedded flat into the grass; it probably was a government-issued gravestone. The stone didn’t say much about who was buried beneath it, but it said enough: it was Virgil N. Gray, an Army private from Maine during World War I who died at the age of 70 in 1961.

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Thus, Virgil survived the war and died a civilian. Nonetheless, we have an expanded view of Memorial Day. We like to remember our war survivors as well as our fallen. (Brooklin, Maine)