Modesto Man Honors Fallen Men and Women of Service

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Service men and women who paid the ultimate price are being honored on a Modesto man's lawn.

Dan Joseph has been lining his front yard with crosses and pictures of fallen military heroes who died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It's a picture of fallen Staff Sergeant Nicanor Amper that made his grandmother smile and cry at the same time,.

“It's just that I’m one of those emotional people,” Sylvia Amper of Modesto explained.

For Mike Anderson, the image of his son Corporal Michael in uniform brought him back to the day he found out his son was killed in Iraq.

"It’s just a sad feeling, a black hole in your heart that never goes away,” Mike Anderson of Modesto said.

For Memorial Day weekend, heroes are being honored and remembered in front of Dan Joseph's home on 2109 Woodland Avenue in Modesto.

"I wanted to make sure that their memory would not be forgotten,” Dan Joseph, a Modesto homeowner who has been displaying crosses for six years.

Joseph began with 45 crosses bearing the names of those who died, all of the men and women are from the Central Valley. There are about 70 crosses and Joseph told us that all these names include those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the current war.

"Meant so much that someone was remembering all these beautiful, beautiful people,” Amper explained.

She said she finds solace in knowing her grandson's name and picture stand among many.

“It just makes us feel very, very honored that he’s here with all these other heroes," Amper said.

She and Anderson explained it helped them cope with the ongoing pain of losing their boys to war.

“It helps. It helps us to know that people do not forget,” Anderson told us.

Gaining the sense their sacrifice is timeless.

“He was a courageous man,” Amper said of her grandson.

Dan Joseph is inviting the public to visit his memorial. The flags will remain on his lawn until Tuesday.

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