For those who've sacrificed, it's more than long weekend


World War II veteran Webber LaGrange speaks about the importance of Memorial Day at the Johnson County Memorial Day ceremony outside the Johnson County Courthouse in Franklin. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal

Ron and Patty Hazelgrove stopped at the cross bearing their son’s name.

The Edinburgh couple placed two small flags next to the memorial cross for Brian D. Hazelgrove.

Their son died Jan. 23, 2004, while flying an Army helicopter in Iraq.

Since his death, they have attended the annual Johnson County Memorial Day program, where Hazelgrove’s memorial cross stands on the courthouse lawn with 167 others, representing county residents who died while serving in the armed forces.

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