Nicole Cooke | Democrat As the American Legion Post 642 Color Guard stands behind him, U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Thomas Miller gives a speech about how he came to understand the importance of properly observing Memorial Day to honor those who have died in the line of duty during Monday’s ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. The event was hosted by the American Legion and sponsored by the American Legion, VFW Post 2591 and Voiture 333, 40 and 8.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Veteran and Sedalia Police Department Cpt. Larry Ward and his wife, Margaret, pay their respects to those lost during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts during a wreath laying ceremony Monday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Wreaths were also laid in remembrance of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and all other conflicts.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat A line of American flags at half-staff are seen blowing in the breeze as those in attendance at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery place their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Smith-Cotton JROTC Cadets Stephanie Barnier, Hollee Akers and Dasha Matsyokha raise and lower the American flag during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat A veteran can be seen saluting the American flag in the distance as Smith-Cotton alumnus Richard Barnier plays Taps during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Don Barbour, left, and Jodie Heck work to retire dozens of tattered and worn American flags on Monday before the 40 and 8 Memorial Day picnic at Liberty Park. In the background assisting Barbour and Heck are Glenn Koopman and Smith-Cotton JROTC Cadets Jessica Miranda and Cristina Tejeda.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Bill Neff, left, and Ernie Parker finish grilling hamburgers for the 40 and 8 Memorial Day picnic on Monday at Liberty Park.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Sedalia Mayor Steve Galliher is served a piece of dessert by the Smith-Cotton JROTC cadets at the 40 and 8 Memorial Day picnic on Monday at Liberty Park. Waiting in line behind Galliher is Ward 3 Councilmember Don Meier.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Molly Salazar, left, and Maddison Sherwood place a small American flag and a yellow rose on the grave of a veteran in Crown Hill Cemetery after Monday’s Memorial Day service. “We’re thanking the veterans for their service and placing flags and flowers so they know we remember them,” Salazar said. She said they do this every Memorial Day in honor of her family members in the Navy and the Marines, as well as her grandfather, who was a prisoner of war for nine years.