It's a bi-annual tradition at the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery for flags to be exchanged on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. On Monday a flag honoring all veterans came down, and a flag honoring World …
It's a bi-annual tradition at the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery for flags to be exchanged on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. On Monday a flag honoring all veterans came down, and a flag honoring World War II and U.S. Army veteran, the late Edgar A. Allison, was raised. Allison was born on October 25, 1912 in Curry, and was the youngest of seven children. He would marry Alida Allen shortly before being inducted into the Army. He suffered extensive injury to his knees during training in Louisiana and was eventually granted an honorable medical discharge. Edgar and Alida had three children - Carl, Janice and James - and he worked his entire life as a carpenter in both the union and for Roedon Construction. He was critically injured in 1963 while operating a bulldozer at the age of 52.
After many surgeries, he began to slowly recover and as his family stated on Monday, “he possessed an incredible strength and will to live.”
Allison went on to live until the age of 91 and is currently buried at the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery. Pictured is James Allison handing the flag that would be raised in his father's honor to Boy Scout Troop 97's Carsen Terwilliger. Also pictured is Troop 97 completing the flag exchange process.
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