On Friday more than 100 community members in Tremont placed flags around town to honor the life of fallen Marine Daniel Baker.
“I’m totally honored to be out here and to be able to support him by doing something like this,” said T.J. Scott, a former classmate of Baker’s. “When you come from a small town, everybody is kind of family, whether you were close with him or not so I’m glad to be able to come out here and represent him.”
Volunteers gathered at noon on Friday to line up flags on the precession route for Saturday’s memorial service. This flag placing ceremony is performed whenever a military member passes away.
“Everyone is feeling,” said event coordinator, Rick Otey. “Their feeling for the family, they want to do something other than pray, and that’s very important, but at the same time, in a tangible way, that’s a way they can do that.”
Larry Eckhardt is the man responsible for bringing all the flags. He says he’s been doing ceremonies like this for 13 years and each time he’s amazed by how much of the community comes out.
“Quite a few of them (volunteers) here would have known Daniel (Baker) but a lot of them don’t and they still give up their time,” said Eckhardt.
Daniel Baker’s memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at Northfield Christian Fellowship in Tremont.