By Joyce Hensley

Staff writer

HERMISTON — The man called “The father of the Avenue of Flags” died Friday at the age of 80.

Clarence Martin, who had not been in good health for several months, died at the Good Shepherd Medical Center.

On Monday, during the annual Memorial Day ceremony held in the Hermiston Cemetery, friends, family, compatriots and guests honored Martin who devoted himself to the patriotic project which began seven years ago.

The event is a joint endeavor by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans of Hermiston. Members of those organizations paid their respects to Martin during the ceremony.

Don Tedrow, current commander of the local VFW, talked about Martin’s role in the event. (For the full story see the May 29, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald)

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