Military

Poppy: A Remembrance of Fallen Heroes

By Rosalie Laune:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem was written in 1915 by Major John McCrae, a physician serving in a Canadian artillery unit during World War I. It is believed he wrote it after conducting a burial service for a young Canadian artillery officer who was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium.

Vietnam Veterans Get Recognition Deserved - Missouri law designates March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day

Gov. Nixon encourages Missourians to recognize, honor veterans of that conflict. (Photo under fair usage rights)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Gov. Jay Nixon is encouraging Missourians to give special recognition and honor to veterans of the Vietnam War on Monday, March 30, which will mark the third observance of Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri.

In 2012, Gov. Nixon signed into law a bill designating March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri. The day is designed to encourage Missourians to observe the day with appropriate events, activities and remembrances in honor of those who served during the Vietnam conflict.

Community Invited to ECC for Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony

UNION, Mo. - East Central College in Union invites community members to attend a flag raising ceremony in observance of Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11.  The event will begin at 7:50 a.m. at the flag poles on the south side of Buescher Hall.  A flag detail comprised of ECC students and staff who have served in the United States military will raise the flag during  the singing of the National Anthem.

Capt. Aaron Scroggins, United States Marine Corps Reserve, an ECC employee, will announce a moment of remembrance for those who are currently deployed and the significance of  the ceremony. 

College President Jon Bauer will offer brief closing remarks. "It is fitting that we take an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans, and especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the field of battle,” Bauer said.  “Many of our students are veterans, and we are eager to work with them as they prepare for the academic and career paths that lie ahead.”

Gov. Nixon Orders Flags To Half-Staff Monday In Honor Of Fallen Soldier From Jefferson County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on June 16 to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Specialist Matthew H. Walker.

Specialist Walker, age 20, of Hillsboro, was a soldier in the United States Army serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He died on June 5 while serving his country in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Gov. Nixon Commemorates 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On June 6, 1944 the United States along with the other allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. It was the beginning of a battle that would eventually turn the tide of World War II against Nazi Germany. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark action during which thousands of soldiers lost their lives in defense of freedom.

New Haven American Legion To Hold Memorial Day Serive May 25th

Photos taken by Kyle Quick during past year's Memorial Day Service.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - New Haven American Legion Post #366 will hold a public memorial service on Sunday, May 25 at the American Legion in New Haven, Mo. beginning at 12 p.m.

Commander of the American Legion Post #366 Tori Panhorst said, “We invite the public to attend  to remember those who’ve sacrificed their lives while defending our freedom as well as honor our fellow veterans and the men and women who are currently serving.”

Missouri Law Designates March 30th As Vietnam Veterans Day

Pictured above are local veterans who served in Vietnam.

Gov. Nixon encourages Missourians to recognize, honor veterans of that conflict.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sunday, March 30, will mark the second observance of Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri, and Gov. Jay Nixon is encouraging Missourians to give special recognition and honor to veterans of the conflict in southeast Asia on that day.

In 2012, Gov. Nixon signed into law a bill designating March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri. The day is designed to encourage Missourians to observe the day with appropriate events, activities and remembrances in honor of those who served during the Vietnam conflict.

2nd Annual Franklin County Honor Flight Light The Way for Our Veterans

New Haven, Mo. -  Friday night Jim Tayon, Franklin County Honor Flight (FCHF) Board Member, read the names of veterans who were nominated by family members and friends followed by the lighting of a Christmas Tree, each bulb lit in their honor, at the American Legion Post 366 sponsored by Citizens Bank of New Haven.

The 2nd Annual Light The Way for Our Veterans not only serves as a way for someone to honor a veteran but also to help raise funds for the FCHF.

If you would like to make a donation you can visit Citizens Bank in New Haven or visit the FCHF’s website for more information.

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