"And now you're honored"
So when Pat Childers wields a machete through thick jaggers up a hillside just off Route 8 in Hydetown, it isn't because he has nothing better to do with his time. It's a way for him to show respect and honor.
"It's straight up there," the logger said as he cuts a path. Somewhere up on this hill lies the remains of a War of 1812 veteran that he thinks needs to be honored. It's not an easy trek with felled trees under foot and no clear understanding where he's headed. A few days earlier a couple others joined Childers and they determined they couldn't do it without some means of cutting through the thicket.
"I'm not saying we're going to get to it," he said as he continued to slice through the underbrush. It was thick and he was leaving a bit of blood behind as thorns ripped though his skin.
Suddenly after countless swings of the blade he exclaims, "We are here!"
Childers inherited a list of deceased veterans from Jerry Shafer who had written approximate locations of out of the way markers, some like this one, in deep woods. Forgotten names, forgotten places.
Well .... almost forgotten.
Childers searched for three years along the hillside before he found the marker the first time. The stone had long since toppled and if not for a couple corner stones he may have never found it.
"And now you're honored my friend," Childers said as he cleaned off the marker and placed the new flag in the holder.