Small town in Minnesota may be the proudest when it comes to Memorial Day
FISHER, MINN.--The Memorial Day tradition in Fisher was able to carry on this year thanks to some new equipment. The small town of Fisher, Minnesota only boasts a population of about 450 people. However on Memorial Day, it just might be one of th...
FISHER, MINN.-The Memorial Day tradition in Fisher was able to carry on this year thanks to some new equipment.
The small town of Fisher, Minnesota only boasts a population of about 450 people.
However on Memorial Day, it just might be one of the proudest little towns in America.
That's because the Fisher American Legion, arguably the heart and soul of the town, has been visiting local cemeteries on Memorial Day for the last 78 years.
Honoring the veterans buried there by putting up crosses and reading the names of each one.
"It's been said that you die twice in life. Once when you die and a second time when people quit saying your name for the last time. So I think its great that we can come here and hear the names again and to just show that respect," Fisher resident says.
"When they started there were very few veterans. They put three or four crosses on these cemeteries. Now we have 163 and 81," Ron Larson of Fisher's American Legion says.
At last year's ceremony, the Legion noticed something wasn't quite right...
"The old crosses-I don't even know when they were made-but the wooden ones started showing their age," Paul Rutherford of the Fisher American Legion says.
So the Legion ordered 300 new metal crosses.
The Auxiliary Women, mostly wives of men in the Legion, helped stencil the names of each veteran into the crosses.
"This cost the legion a lot of money but it is worth every bit because they are going to be there 25-40 years," Ron Larson of the Legion says.
A cost and effort that the town of Fisher is grateful for.
People came from as far as Larimore, Hallock and Bemidji to take part in Fisher's ceremony.