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Brandon's Memorial Day flower girl tradition goes back more than a century

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Posted on June 3, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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FIRST GRADE TEACHER Ellen Knapp leads the Neshobe Flower Girls to the Brandon War Memorial. Reporter photo/Russell Jones

BRANDON — For more than 100 years young girls have laid flowers on Memorial Day around the war memorial on Brandon’s Green. The Memorial Day service is a tradition that celebrates the sacrifices of soldiers long passed, starting not long after the Civil War and now encompassing all wars.

The history of the flower girls in Brandon, however, springs from the death of one particular soldier in the Civil War, of the grieving widow left behind, and of her effort to honor his life and to uphold ideals that are still unfulfilled.

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