Flags placed on Statehouse lawn again

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A woman who erected thousands of miniature American flags on the lawn of the Vermont Statehouse says her message was one of thanks to veterans and their families.

Lauri Richardson, a 47-year-old graphic designer from Williamsville, put up the temporary memorial yesterday using more than 3,800 hand-painted flags to represent soldiers who have died in Iraq.

The flags have been painted at her request by schoolchildren, nursing home residents and others over the past couple of years.

Richardson, who won’t say how she feels about the war, says her flag installation  which was previously erected in Brattleboro, Newfane and Williamsville is aimed at provoking dialogue about the war.

Veterans Day fell on a Sunday this year, but it was observed yesterday by banks, government offices and other institutions.

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