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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Armory hosts Veterans Day program

  • Veterans gathered at the National Guard Armory in Chillicothe yesterday (Monday) for the annual Veterans Day celebration hosted by Chillicothe Veterans organizations. Vern R. Glick American Legion Post 25 and Roy L. Burkett VFW Post 858 both helped to plan and produce the program.
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  • Veterans gathered at the National Guard Armory in Chillicothe yesterday (Monday) for the annual Veterans Day celebration hosted by Chillicothe Veterans organizations. Vern R. Glick American Legion Post 25 and Roy L. Burkett VFW Post 858 both helped to plan and produce the program.
    Members of the Chillicothe High School band, under the direction of Sarah Cavanah, played a few patriotic numbers as guests arrived at the armory at 10:45 a.m.
    The welcoming speech was given by Larry Warren, American Legion commander and VFW service officer. Warren also explained the flag protocol. Immediately following, members of Battery B, 1/129th Field Artillery posted the colors at 11 a.m. The band played the "Star Spangled Banner" as members of the audience sang along and veterans saluted the flag.
    The invocation was given by Reverend George Hess, retired pastor and American Legion member. VFW Auxiliary President Heather Chapman lead the Pledge of Allegiance, after which everyone was seated.
    VFW Commander Benny Simpson gave a presentation on the Prisoner of War Memorial, which is a special table set for one that commemorates the more than 83,000 military personnel that are still considered POW/MIA. Simpson explained the symbolism of the white table cloth, candle, flower and other items that make up the memorial.
    Sergeant First Class Heath Corzette of the Battery B, 1/129th Field Artillery presented the Battlefield Cross. This is a memorial to commemorate soldiers who died in battle, giving them immediate respect. The Battlefield Cross consists of a soldier's bayonet and rifle, boots, helmet and dog tags. Corzette explained that the practice began during the American Civil War, and was primarily used as a means of identification, but the practice continued through the years and is now used as an immediate means of showing respect for the fallen.
    American Legion Auxiliary President Sue Warren gave a salute to Gold Star Mothers, which are mothers who have lost a child while they served in the military. Two local mothers were recognized as being Gold Star Mothers; Maxine Seuell, who lost her son in the Vietnam War, and Louise Torrey, who lost her son in Desert Storm.
    Edwin Allender, American Legion adjutant and VFW quartermaster, explained the ceremonial burial process of a fallen soldier, including the 21 gun salute and the ceremonial folding of the flag. The folding was demonstrated by William George, American Legion member and Missouri State Highway Patrol officer, and Dennis Gonnerman, American Legion member and Missouri Department of Corrections officer.
    The program concluded with acknowledgements from Larry Warren and a benediction from Melvin Littrell, American Legion junior vice commander and past VFW chaplain.

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