History: Avenue of Flags only part of Kindred's legacy
June 17. 2014 1:59PM
This is the second column of a two-part series.
Sgt. Edward Kindred was a man of honor. He enlisted in the Navy in 1936 and in 1949 he joined the U.S. Army. During his military career he received numerous honors, citations and medals for combat and outstanding service.
After his retirement in 1963 he continued his devotion to the military belonging to several organizations, the Peace Officers Association, the VFW, Disabled American Veterans and sharing that patriotism to area schools.
Edward Lewis Kindred was born Aug. 16, 1917, the son of Louis and Minnie Kindred. On Oct. 22, 1918, a little over one year of age, Ed’s father passed away due to a fire. His childhood years, 1923 – 1931 were spend at the Odd Fellows Home here in Dell Rapids.
The life long bonds to friends and Dell Rapids that developed over those years were no doubt the root of his gift to fellow comrades and the community of Dell Rapids.
Ed was instrumental in the installation of the “Avenue of Flags”, 16 flagpoles, flying the U.S. Flag along the entrance to the Odd Fellows' Home honoring 21 people raised in the orphanage who were military veterans.
During the dedication ceremony, several of the past Odd Fellow Orphans spend time catching up, reminiscing, and rekindling old friendships. It was a moment of honor for many of them, a plaque and a U.S. Flag flying in their name for their years of service to our county.
Today, only 16 names remain inscribed on the plaques attached to the flag poles; Walter Mower, Loren Dennis, Harold Kindred, Sidney Alkire, Theodore Stroup, Orville MacDonald, Russell MacDonald, Earl Hormann, Darwin Hormann, Frank Blessing, Ed Warrner, Joseph Hopkins, Marion Mower, Cyrus Hayer, Kenneth Christopher, and Carter Mower.
Unfortunately, the flags fly no more; several of the plaques have been broken with only partial names visible, some of the plaques are missing completely leaving two of the 21 unidentified, and one of the flag poles is missing.
Ed passed away April 13, 2004 knowing in his heart he served his family, community, and country with dignity, honesty and devotion.
“Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.”