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Community Is Forever Changed
Lindsey Rendlen :: 5/29/2006 - ABC 17 KMIZ TV - NEWS

 

Memorial Day 2006 is different for the close-knit community of Jamestown. Wednesday will mark three weeks since fallen marine Lance Corporal Leon Deraps was laid to rest. The 19 year old died May 6th when a roadside bomb exploded near his humvee.

Flags quietly waved Monday in the afternoon heat; flags still waving in honor of Deraps. Residents with flags still on display in their yards say they just can't take them down. Seventeen-year Jamestown resident, Ruby Sabel, says this Memorial Day is different in her town, "It makes a person realize how thankful we should be."

Trucks belonging to friends of Deraps are still moving tributes, with windows painted promising to remember their hero. Childhood friends of Deraps, Tyler McPron and Jeff Gerlach visited their friends' grave. Gerlach says it's a visit he'll likely make year after year.