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Daffodil field has special meaning

Flowers symbolize U.S. military deaths in Iraq

4,486 daffodils line Caren Crootof's field in Milton, one for every US service member killed in Iraq, as seen on Friday, May 3, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
4,486 daffodils line Caren Crootof's field in Milton, one for every US service member killed in Iraq, as seen on Friday, May 3, 2013.
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At first glance, it seems like the tiny yellow flags marking the life of each U.S. service member who died in Iraq still cover Caren Crootof’s field. But the bright spots that dot the sloping lawn are not the plastic flags that Crootof started staking into the ground about a year after the first casualty reports were released from the post-9/11 war. They are living beings, daffodils planted one by one in loose rows. For ...


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