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Many of our members are veterans that served during times of war. They gave their all and were the heartbeat and lifeblood that kept the Boulevard of 500 flags running, kept flags on the poles, and maintained plaques honoring those who gave their lives while “protecting the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic”.

Below are those who have passed after coming home and honored their fallen brethren by being an active part of the Boulevard of 500 Flags committee.

Ed Doherty

Ed was VP of the Boulevard of 500 Flags (his favorite charity), volunteered at the homeless veterans shelter in Cleveland, and delivered Christmas stockings to patients at VA Wade Park with his wife and kids. Ed ran a booth at the Lake Co. Fair in order to sign up new members for the American Legion and to publicize the Boulevard of 500 Flags. He rode in the Brimfield Veteran Parade with a Boulevard of 500 Flags banner that he had printed, in the hope of publicizing the Boulevard. He fund raised for the VOA, helped his wife collect wigs for cancer patients at The Gathering Place, supported breast cancer charities in honor of his wife (a repeat survivor). He was a founding member of the USVMC-Ohio East and the American Legion Post 807 Andy Nowacki Memorial, he held numerous offices for the American Legion at the post, county and district level, and he honored deceased vets for more than a decade as color guard. Ed also was a volunteer for LifeBanc, was a featured transplant recipient on TV via the “Green Chair Campaign”, helped to set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of transplant recipients gathered in one place on 2.14.14 in Detroit, MI.

Ed performed random acts of kindness, took loving care of his elderly in-laws Joe and Rose Keough, and was just an all around kind-hearted man. He was an extremely proud and patriotic Army veteran. Few people knew that Ed was a 100% war disabled vet with a heart transplant because he refused to let his disability define him. He spent many days in the hospital receiving infusions to keep his transplant functioning, yet never complained. He seldom let his failing health intrude upon his charitable works. The world lost a very special man on the day that Ed died, 10/28/14