We are fortunate in Utah County that unlike other places we see in the national news, our local cemeteries were open for public visitation on Memorial Day.
At the Spanish Fork Cemetery, the American Legion Post had a large area filled with row after row of small white crosses. On the south end of that field of crosses representing lost servicemen was a row of black Missing in Action flags.
Seven of those flags were waving in the breeze over small black crosses. Each of those small black crosses had a photo and brief description of seven Spanish Fork men who never returned home from World War II. The scene was a touching reminder of the thousands of men who gave their lives for this country, and a few whose bodies never came home. A few cemetery visitors were pausing to read the notes on the row of MIA crosses and the cemetery was busy with visitors, many openly grieving for lost loved ones.
The seven MIAs were identified with research by Angela Beecher and details of her work was reported in the May issue of Serve Daily. Her work continues and her desire is to have a permanent memorial for servicemen who are classified as missing in action and did not come home. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)