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May 26, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Memorial Day Parade in Mill Creek

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From Februrary of 2007 to June of 2008 Dexter Holmes, 66, turned a tree stump he found on the road into a memorial to American troops fighting wars overseas. Dexter’s son Brent is currently stationed in Afghanistan and was in Iraq when his dad started working on it. “I did it while I was praying for my son,” he said.
Dexter led yesterday’s Memorial Day Parade in Mill Creek, the first one the city organizes. He came down from Marysville with his neighbor Donald Hendrickson, 86, a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific.
I enjoyed talking to both after the parade was over. Don was deployed with the Army from 1943 to 1945. His memories of combat have been coming back recently. “It’s never positive, it’s always negative things you remember.”

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