A Flag for All

A boy scout salutes after planting a flag at the site of a grave marker at Fort Logan National Cemetery, May 25, 2013.

I cannot say it any better than a family member did in a post on Facebook today, so I will just quote her instead.

"Today I not only remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives for my freedom. I also honor those who can never forget the things they have seen, heard, smelled and had to do. Those who cannot sleep at night because of these memories, and those that can, which haunts them even more. Thank you for having more integrity, bravery and strength than most, including myself."

Morning light falls on to the grave stones at Fort Logan National Cemetery before sunrise, May 25, 2013.

These are images from the sunrise and placement of flags by volunteers at the grave markers at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Over 400 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Young Marines, and other volunteers gathered to plant the thousands of flags across the 214 acres of land on Saturday.  There are approxiamtely 100,000 grave markers, and there were about 150,000 flags set out for the volunteers to place. After receiving instructions, the groups split off and moved throughout the cemetery to prepare Fort Logan National Cemetery for today's Memorial Day service. On Tuesday, the flags will be picked up by volunteers.

Flags waiting to be planted by the volunteers at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

The orignal fort was named after Union General John A. Logan who led the US Volunteer force during the American Civil War. In 1889 a little over three acres was set aside for a post cemetery and the first recorded burial was Private Peterkin's daughter, Mable Peterkin, who died on June 28, 1889.

People reach into a container with 10,000 flags in it. Several of these containers were placed around Fort Logan Cemetery for the volunteers to pull from.A person caries flags for the group he is with to place at the grave stones at Fort Logan Cemetery.

The land the post and the fort sits on grew and shrank in size over the years since its inception in 1887. In 1950, Congress authorized the use of the land as a national cemetery. but limited it to 160 acres. The land has since grown to 214 acres (though it has been larger before becoming a national cemetery).

Fort Logan National Cemetery is the final resting place for several notables:

Medal of Honor Recipients:
  • Major William E. Adams, (Vietnam) U.S. Army, A/227th Assault Helicopter Co., 52nd Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, May 25, 1971 (Section P, Site 3831).
  • First Sergeant Maximo Yabes, (Vietnam) U.S. Army, Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Phu Hoa Dong, Republic of Vietnam, February 26, 1967 (Section R, Site 369).
  • Private John Davis, (Civil War) Company F, 17th Indiana Mounted Infantry. Culloden, Ga., April 1865 (Memorialized in Section MB, Site 280).

A member of the Young Marines salutes after placing the flag at a grave stone at Fort Logan National Cemeter, May 25, 2013.

Other notables are:
  • Seven Buffalo Soldiers buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
  • Karl Baatz  was a German POW who died while being held at Fort Logan and was interred in 1993 (Section POW, Site 14). 
  • The father of music legend John Denver, Henry John Deutschendorf, Sr., who was an Air Force Instructor (Section  S,  Site 5118).
  • Richard H. Kindig who was a photographer known for documenting the rail transport industry of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains who passed away in 2008 (Seciton 14, Site 593).
  • Fitzroy Newsum who was an original member of the Tuskegee Airmen and Congressional Gold Medal recipient (Section 35, Site 501).
  • Karl H. Timmermann who was the first invading Allied officer to cross the Rhine river in World War II and was also the commanding officer of Company A 27th Armored Infantry Battalion which captured the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen, Germany (Section H, Site 195).
  • Arthur Harvey who was an oil pioneer and a veteran of both World War I and World War II (Section Q, Site 7142).

A grave site for an unidentified person with a flag in front of it at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Flags wave in the breeze after being placed in from of the grave markers at Fort Logan National Cemetery, May 25, 2013.

Fort Logan National Cemetery has 17 memorials that mostly commemorate soldiers of 20th century wars.

For More information of the cemetery (and the source of much of this information), please take a look at:

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A Flag for All | Tim Norman Photography | Denver, Colorado |

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