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Union City Vets Honored In Unique Way

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UNION CITY- The sound of taps and flags lowered to half staff were just two ways Union City area residents came together to commemorate Memorial Day Monday morning.

Dozens of people honored America's heroes and flags were placed by the grave sites of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Some, including Clay Poole and Elma Petersen, wanted to something different. They lined dozens of boots along the highway outside of the Evergreen Cemetery, marking each live lost and each life remembered. Petersen says celebrating the life of  her family's patriarch by displaying his boot, is the least they she do.

 "Memorial Day is a day to honor the loves who's past on and the ones who've fought for our country,” says Petersen. “I mean if it wasn't for the one's who've fought for our country, where would  we be today?"

"My dad, we put a boot in for my dad and I think it's awesome that they do this for the vets,” said Poole, Petersen’s daughter.

The Corry residents paid tribute to the late Robert Smith through the boot.

"He was proud to fight for the country. He talked about it a lot. It's sad, I'll miss him so much,” said Petersen.

Smith's family says he was not only dedicated to the United States and his job in the service, but he was a very devoted family man.

 "He was a great provider, he worked hard every day,” Petersen said. “He hardly ever missed a day of work. He was up regardless if he was sick, he was always out there working to provide for the family and I really miss him so much every day."

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