Saratoga County hillside is flowery tribute to lives lost in Iraq

Posted at: 05/07/2013 5:37 PM
Updated at: 05/07/2013 6:01 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

MILTON - The field is covered with beauty as a memory to the ugliness of war.

Nearly 45-hundred daffodils cover the hillside at Route 29 and Middle Line Road.

Each one represents an American life lost in the Iraq war. 4,486 to be exact.

The living tribute is the work of Caren Baker and her neighbors, including Ankie Meuwissen. "We drilled four and a half thousand holes. We put the bulbs in, the bone meal. It was a lot of work,"said Meuwissen.

And people are noticing. A stream of visitors has been stopping to reflect on the flowery memorial.

"I think it indicates how many people are appreciative of some sort of reflection of this war and all the losses that we had," said Meuwissen.

The daffodils replace the thousands of small yellow flags that Baker placed here from 2004 until Memorial Day of last year.

They chose to plant daffodil bulbs so their tribute will bloom will perennially.

"To continue something forever. You need something that doesn't require the maintenance that the flags did. We're hopeful that the flowers will be just that," said Meuwissen.