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May 30, 2005

Sylvester- One by one, 70 flags were put into place on the courthouse lawn in Worth County. Placed there by loved ones to honor those who served and died for their country.

"My father served during World War Two and he was at Treasure Island when Port Chicago was blown up by ammunition. And for about three to six weeks we didn't know whether our father was alive of dead," said Ruth Lumpkin.

Ruth Lumpkin sponsored a flag in memory of her husband, Carrol who also served in Germany and Vietnam. He retired in 1971 and died 16 years later.

"He became part of the reserve, and then became active, because he knew the need, if we were going to save America," said Lumpkin.

She says it's important to remember those who served with joy.

"I remember it being called decoration day and we would go to the cemetery and put flags on the deceased that we knew had served during the service," said Lumpkin.

The service was also about honoring those currently in service in Iraq. One flag on the lawn honors Sheriff Freddie Tompkin's son Mickie, who just entered Iraq with the 48th Brigade.

"All I know he just said they were headed to Baghdad, they were going to be somewhere around Baghdad," said Tompkins.

A veteran himself, Sheriff Tompkins, is remembering those who served with him but is paying close attention to the current military efforts.

"Well, you're concerned about it, but you can't really worry about it, the main thing they can do is just keep their eyes open," said Thompkins.

As the sound of taps played quietly to end the service, forget me not flowers were place in an empty wreath in hopes that those who have given their lives for their country will not be forgotten.

The Exchange Club of Worth County event is growing. This year there are 15 more flags on the courthouse lawn.

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