Service to country honored at Vets’ ceremony

November 11, 2013

in Local

The annual Veteran’s Day observance was held at the Pettis County Courthouse Monday at 11 a.m.

American Legion Post 642 posted the colors under the direction of Commander Joe Cochran. The Smith-Cotton High School JROTC raised the US and State of Missouri flag and also provided assistance for the wreath layers at each veterans monument.

Wreath layers included George Fairfax and Mary Margaret Dale  of American Legion Post 16 (WWI); Larry Revens and Delores Wessley of VFW Post 2591 (WWII); Hank Lamier and Jean Gallagher of Voiture 333, 40 & 8 (Korean War); Ed Schmidt of Voiture 1379, Cameron, and Gary Reno, Voiture 1379 Past Commander (Viet Nam); Ernie and Susan Parker (Desert Storm); and Dick and Mimi Kraus of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, and Barry Walters (K-9 Friends).

40 & 8 Treasurer Don Barbour led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance while 40 & 8 Chaplain Jim Gaertner provided the invocation and Pastor Dan Hankins provided the benediction.

VFW Post 2591 provided a 21-gun salute.

40 & 8 Commander Tony Gallagher emceed the rally and introduced special guests Charlie Guthrie of the 40 & 8 and US veteran Gregory Davis.

The Smith-Cotton High School Show Choir provided vocal music for the occasion, while S-C grad Richard Barnier played Taps to conclude the ceremony.

Lunch was served to vets and their families afterwards at Post 2591 courtesy of Voiture 33, 40 & 8 Ladies Auxiliary. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

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