Small Kansas Town Celebrates Memorial Day

By: KAKE News
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On Memorial Day, we remember those who've died to help preserve the country's freedom and ideals.

In Oxford, folks are also thinking about those in uniform, protecting our freedom.

Like so many other Kansas towns and cities, oxford, unrolls the red, white and blue in a special way on Memorial Day.

Although folks here remember those who've died, they're also remembering those serving now, particularly with the recent war in Iraq.

Folks like Phyllis Hege are looking forward to being reunited with loved ones in the armed forces.

Her son Jon is a Marine who saw action in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Family members are finally getting to talk to him since his return this weekend to Camp Pendelton near San Diego where it's much cooler than the 115 to 125 degree temperatures he experienced in Baghdad.

The Marine says he appreciates all the signs of support folks are showing. One of the visible signs of support in oxford is this prayer list of service men and women in front of the American Legion.

Now some folks say it isn't that Oxford has a disproportionate number of men and women serving in the military compared to other cities and towns. It's just that being a small town folks here like to remember those who are in the military, which is why they have the military prayer roster.

Jon Hege is back in camp in California and hopes to return to Oxford by the July fourth holiday.

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