Field of Crosses put in place


Army veteran Michael Jones, of Sidney.

Army veteran Michael Jones, of Sidney.


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Boy Scout Troop 95 member Aidan Lee, 13, of Sidney, son of Billy and Tammy Lee, places small U.S. flags on top of the crosses in the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12.


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Jeanna Withrow, of Maplewood, lights the Memorial Flame built by Detailed Machining Owner John Bertsch, of Sidney. The flame was lit during a ceremony opening up the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. Withrow lost her brother Lee Stephens in 1987. Stephens was serving on the U.S.S. Stark when it was struck by a missile fired from an Iraqi plane. Stephens started to help evacuate the ship when he was killed by a second missile.


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Volunteer Vickie Schwepe, sets-up a U.S. flag.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Volunteers Elaine Fitchpatrick, left, of Port Jefferson, and Army Veteran Bob Shoffner, of Sidney, place crosses in the ground to make the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. The crosses are dedicated to all U.S. service members that have died in combat after the Vietnam War. A traveling Vietnam Wall will be opening on Thursday, Sept. 16.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Cub Scout Pack 97 member Spencer Bender, 8, of Sidney, son of Emily and Ryan Bender sets-up a U.S. flag.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney Cub Scout Troop 97 member Benjamin Arcikauskas, 11, of Sidney, helps place U.S. flags around the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. The flags are dedicated to Shelby County natives that died in wars. The crosses are dedicated to all U.S. service members that have died in combat after the Vietnam War.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Volunteers Elaine Fitchpatrick, left, of Port Jefferson, and Army Veteran Bob Shoffner, of Sidney, place crosses in the ground to make the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. The crosses are dedicated to all U.S. service members that have died in combat after the Vietnam War. A traveling Vietnam Wall will be opening on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Army veteran Michael Jones, of Sidney.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_9698.jpgArmy veteran Michael Jones, of Sidney.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Boy Scout Troop 95 member Aidan Lee, 13, of Sidney, son of Billy and Tammy Lee, places small U.S. flags on top of the crosses in the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_0152.jpgBoy Scout Troop 95 member Aidan Lee, 13, of Sidney, son of Billy and Tammy Lee, places small U.S. flags on top of the crosses in the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_0398.jpgLuke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_0432.jpgLuke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Jeanna Withrow, of Maplewood, lights the Memorial Flame built by Detailed Machining Owner John Bertsch, of Sidney. The flame was lit during a ceremony opening up the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. Withrow lost her brother Lee Stephens in 1987. Stephens was serving on the U.S.S. Stark when it was struck by a missile fired from an Iraqi plane. Stephens started to help evacuate the ship when he was killed by a second missile.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_0439.jpgJeanna Withrow, of Maplewood, lights the Memorial Flame built by Detailed Machining Owner John Bertsch, of Sidney. The flame was lit during a ceremony opening up the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. Withrow lost her brother Lee Stephens in 1987. Stephens was serving on the U.S.S. Stark when it was struck by a missile fired from an Iraqi plane. Stephens started to help evacuate the ship when he was killed by a second missile. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Volunteer Vickie Schwepe, sets-up a U.S. flag.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_9597.jpgVolunteer Vickie Schwepe, sets-up a U.S. flag.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Volunteers Elaine Fitchpatrick, left, of Port Jefferson, and Army Veteran Bob Shoffner, of Sidney, place crosses in the ground to make the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. The crosses are dedicated to all U.S. service members that have died in combat after the Vietnam War. A traveling Vietnam Wall will be opening on Thursday, Sept. 16.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_SDN091421FieldFlags.jpgVolunteers Elaine Fitchpatrick, left, of Port Jefferson, and Army Veteran Bob Shoffner, of Sidney, place crosses in the ground to make the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. The crosses are dedicated to all U.S. service members that have died in combat after the Vietnam War. A traveling Vietnam Wall will be opening on Thursday, Sept. 16. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Cub Scout Pack 97 member Spencer Bender, 8, of Sidney, son of Emily and Ryan Bender sets-up a U.S. flag.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_9774.jpgCub Scout Pack 97 member Spencer Bender, 8, of Sidney, son of Emily and Ryan Bender sets-up a U.S. flag.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_9988.jpgLuke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney Cub Scout Troop 97 member Benjamin Arcikauskas, 11, of Sidney, helps place U.S. flags around the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. The flags are dedicated to Shelby County natives that died in wars. The crosses are dedicated to all U.S. service members that have died in combat after the Vietnam War.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/09/web1_DSC_9857.jpgSidney Cub Scout Troop 97 member Benjamin Arcikauskas, 11, of Sidney, helps place U.S. flags around the Field of Crosses at Custenborder Field on Sunday, Sept. 12. The flags are dedicated to Shelby County natives that died in wars. The crosses are dedicated to all U.S. service members that have died in combat after the Vietnam War. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News