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June 20, 2018

Decoration Day in Luther


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt. Col. John McCrae, 1872- 1918

Who was Cpl. Eddie L Murray?

He was 33-years-old when he died in 1902 serving in the Spanish-American War as part of the Second Arkansas Volunteer Infantry. He is buried in the Luther Cemetery.

His grave is marked with an American Flag with all Veterans. But it is the war dead we remember particularly on Memorial Day. For 150 years, on a Monday in May, our nation pauses to remember those who died in active service.

Who was Staff Sergeant Clifford O Judkins? He died at age 24 on the battlefront fighting the Third Reich in World War II. His remains lie in Lorraine, France, along with 10,488 other soldiers in the largest WWII cemetery in Europe. He also has a marker at the Luther Cemetery. He died in September 1945.

Lorraine American Cemetery, France

Are Murray or Judkins part of your family? Do you know the story of these soldiers or others buried in our area cemeteries who died in the line of duty. Please comment and help us know and learn.

The graves were decorated for the weekend by several volunteers who placed flags and flowers at the cemetery on Peebly Road between Highway 66 and Covell.

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“Decoration Day in Luther”

  1. Shirley Heck
    May 27, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    SSgt Clifford O. Judkins was a cousin, the son of my father’s sister, Grace (Johnson) Judkins. He died in a motorcycle accident in France.

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