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Gravestone Flowers Honor WWII Veteran

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At the Laurel Hill Cemetery, there's a field of flags honoring the men and women who served our country, that have since passed.

But for Krystal Toomey, it's one gravestone in particular that brought her there this Memorial Day.

"I myself being a veteran from the U.S. Navy, my family all being vets, we had to come forward and do something." said Toomey.

Toomey and members of the community are honoring the life of World War II veteran O.E. Prather by placing flowers on his gravestone, which is also shared with his wife Ruth.

"It's just great to have Erie itself step forward," said Toomey.  "Everybody doing something nice for somebody they don't even know."

Those efforts are stemming from a post on the Facebook page "You might be from Erie, IF."  Prather's daughter Christine Prather Canova--now of Atlanta, GA--asked if someone could place a flower on her parents gravestone for Memorial Day.  So Toomey and others responded.

"I found that amazing," said Prather Canova.  "People taking the time out of their day, in a time where the world has gotten so busy, I just feel amazed."

For Toomey, the flower plot is the very least they could do, for a fellow veteran.

 "With the wars going on today, it's very heartfelt knowing that people are still out there fighting for this country," said Toomey.  "And they always will be."


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