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Field of Flags honors those who have served

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BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- A display of honor, patriotism and remembrance took place in Byron Wednesday evening.

Members of the community worked together to build a field of flags.

The Field of Flags ceremony is something that has been a tradition in other small communities, but this is the first year volunteers in Byron have put it together.

For Margaret Baudoin, it's a night of memories.

"A lot of memories, and something like this brings back a lot of those memories," she said.

She met her husband Roland Baudoin, a World War II vet, when she was just in high school.

"It was really hard at first," Baudoin said.

She watched neighbor boys go off to war and not come back. She was a farm girl who didn't completely understand the war who in love with a man two years out of his service in the Philippines.

"He relived the war a lot," Baudoin said. "Especially when we were dating. It was hard."

Now Roland Baudoin is honored by a flag -- one of the first placed among many in the Byron Field of Flags -- a reminder for Margaret of the sacrifices her husband made.

"But we worked through it and he was able to overcome a lot," she said.

Kim McPhee organized the ceremony after seeing the field of flags ceremony in Mazeppa.

"We don't want people to forget because it never stops," McPhee said.

Watching the flags placed one by one in the empty field -- no one can forget.

"It's very rewarding to remember what these boys have done for our country and what they went through," Baudoin said.

It's an honor for those who have served and those currently serving.

"They've sacrificed a lot for a lot of people, and they don't complain," said Deb Baudoin. "They deserve this honor."

Between the speeches, the flags, the memories and the tears -- the best way to sum up the evening might be the most simple.

"Glad to be a part of it," said Margaret.

Sponsors each donated $10 to dedicate a flag. That money will go towards scholarships, creating a meeting space for veterans and putting together packages to send to those serving overseas.

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