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Flags along the cemetery and rows of dead horseshoe crabs along the beach On Memorial Day this year, a row of small American flags will line Bethel United Methodist Cemetery in Lewes. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Amer- ical Legion in Lewes place the flags annually as their way of rec- ognizing the contributions made to this country by deceased veter- ans. "My husband, Alfred, served and was wounded in Germany in World War II as an Army sol- dier," said Grace Tindle of Lewes. He was in the same part of Ger- many as my brother though they didn't know each other. We mar- tried after the war. Alfred never talked much about the war. He'd talk with my brother and my un- cle, who served in North Africa, but when I came around they kind of hushed. I guess they didn't want me to hear and I re- ally didn't want to know about the combat." Alfred helped Grace place flags each year un- til he died a TINDLE few years back. Now she keeps a flag on his grave constantly. "We put a line of flags along the cemetery wall to honor all the veterans buried there," said Grace. "We could never find all the graves to mark them individually. I know there's lots of veterans buried there that we don't even know about. This way we figure we catch them all. It's our way of saying thanks." THE WEEK LEADING up to the full moon Thursday night, May 22 brought a huge migration of horseshoe crabs to the Delaware shores of Delaware Bay. The beach inside the point at Cape Henlopen bristled with thou- sands of the prehistoric creatures in various stages of existence - though mostly were dead. While fat sea gulls waddled among the crabs, flipping them over and feasting steadily on eggs as yet unhatched, a small boy named Joseph with a cross earring Horseshoe crabs littered the beach this week inside the point at Cape Henlopen. iiii;iiiiiiiiiiU ......... +,+iiiiil i!!:f!!!!iiii!+""" iiiiiiiii ' i+ilili!iii!ili+i+iiill .......... +i BAREFOOTIN' in one lobe scanned.the scene carefully as he walked the beach. He saw one crab with its threat- ening tail arched stiffly and its legs moving futiley as it tried to turn itself over. He leaned over to pick it up and then threw it with a splash into the shallow flats inside the cape. "I like to help them if I can," said Joseph as he ran to catch up with me after stopping to help an- other crab. We walked toward the Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier where dozens of people talked, walked, watched their lines, checked trout and flounder in buckets and coolers, and pulled a variety of carts loaded with fish- ing gear to favorite spots along the half mile structure. Twenty years ago, when people loaded trash can bags with large trout and threw half of them away they were so plentiful, horseshoe crabs crowded the beaches as they are now. An avid fisherman named Reg- gie smiled when I told him that the horseshoe crabs were thick on the beach this week. "That's a good sign," said Reggie. "Seems like when there's plenty of horseshoe crabs around there's plenty of fish around." There must be something to it. Paul Buchness at the Lighthouse Restaurant told me that a friend of his, fishing from the pier and in the shallow water close to the beach, reported catching nearly 100 trout one night this week and several nice flounder as well. "Must be something about the food chain," said Paul. "The same eggs the gulls are after must be sought by a number of little fish and then bigger fish come in after the bait fish and then the fisher- men come after the bigger fish." Reggie told me he watched a Discovery channel show recently that focused on blowfish. "We used to have blowfish piling up on the shores here," said Reggie. "The show said they take off for a trip around the world that takes 27 years or so and then there's a de- cline. Well it's been about that long now and the last few years have seen a few blowfish return- ing, I think we'll see more this year and even more in the next couple years." Blowfish were once considered trash fish. Now they're highly prized for their mild cheek meat. LllllllJlJllm,mt +; IIL JJnl+llJllll +iiii. illlllJl. ! , CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 23 - May 29, 1997 - 7 We are a young country. We have had to pay dearly in human lives in order for allof us to enjoy the freedom and opportunity that we may sometimes tale for granted. We are very luc( to have been born in or to have imm(grated to the United States of Nmerica. REMEMBER many men and women have given their lives for freedom. 5chink of them this Memorial Day weelend,, and cher- ish your right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of ppiness." Have Funl Doug Davis RE/MAX Realty Group