Ten volunteers spent about an hour last Wednesday afternoon setting up 575 white crosses -- one for every deceased veteran from Belmond. The display has been a part of Memorial Day for many years, starting on the grounds of the public library, and then expanding to the start of the Franklin Grove Trail along East Main Street. A grid of ropes is used to keep all the crosses in line and exactly 18 inches apart. The crosses are new this year, a cooperative effort involving a large number of local youths and adults.
Several of the crosses, along with seven of the Story Walk book pages along the trail, were vandalized during the evening of May 25-26. Anyone with information about this damage should call the Belmond Police Dept.