ON MEMORIAL DAY at Woodland Cemetery, Richmond, Dr. Walt Smith places flowers at the grave of a friend, Fred Newman, a World War II veteran who served aboard a B-52.

RICHMOND – With a fistful of flowers, Walt Smith, a longtime physical therapist, walks along a slope at Woodland Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Smith looks for a former patient, Fred Newman.

“He was one of the patients that stuck in my mind,” Smith said while standing on the wet grass. “He became a friend.”

They became friends because Newman made himself approachable and did important little things.

“We would bring me the newspaper,” Smith said.

Among things Smith learned is that Newman served in the Army Air Corps, aboard a B-52 in World War II.

Finding the grave, Smith leaves the flowers. Newman died in 1997.

NOTE: Memorial Day ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. at Woodland Cemetery and at 11 a.m. at Memorial Gardens. Find more Memorial Day coverage in Tuesday's edition of The Richmond Daily News.

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