Knox County Veterans Hold Memorial Day Services
By David Sharp
First District State Representative Brian Munzinger and Knox County VFW Post 4822 Voice of Democracy award winner Lorrie Peters spoke at Memorial Day Services, held at the KC Courthouse lawn.
Cyril A. Graham American Legion Post Adjutant Ed Anderson presided over the May 31, 2010 ceremonies.
The Reverend Sam Smith, Pastor of the Knox County United Methodist Parish, gave the Invocation. Knox County Presiding Commissioner L.P. “Pete” Mayfield led a large gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
Brian Munzlinger (R-Monticello) talked about Memorial Day being more than a three-day weekend.
“Memorial Day is to remember men and women who fought for us,” Brian Munzlinger said. “We should remember soldier’s families. It is because of soldiers that we can wave Old Glory proudly.”
Representative Munzlinger spoke of Blue and Gold Star families and their sacrifices for the United States of America.
The Blue Star is an emblem displayed by military families of members serving in the Armed Forces, typically in time of war or conflict.
The Gold Star represents a family member that has given their life for their Country.
Lorrie Peters of Edina recently won the Voice of Democracy contest, sponsored by Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars. Peters represented the Knox County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4822.
The 2010 Knox County R-I graduate spoke of American Heroes. Peters talked about US Armed Forces troops.
“Every member of our armed forces either on duty or on leave should be referred to as heroes, because that is what they truly are. ” Lorrie Peters wrote.
“They protect us from harm and defend us when needed.” The award winning speech also cited September 11, 2001 American hero Todd Beamer. United Flight 93 was hijacked by Al-Quida terrorists, and was believed intended to crash into the White House or US Capitol.
The plane crashed in a rural Pennsylvania field. All aboard the airliner were killed. A passenger revolt likely prevented greater loss of life and property.
“These heroes sacrifice for us and do what they can to make our lives better,” said the Culver-Stockton College student-athlete.
Representatives of the Cyril A. Graham American Legion Post 261 of Edina along with their Auxiliary Unit, the Knox City American Legion Post 358, the Knox County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4822 and the Knox County VFW Ladies Auxiliary presented wreaths and floral tributes at the Knox County Veterans Memorial.
Commander Bobby Green, 88 of Edina represented the Cyril A. Graham American Legion Post 261 before retiring as Commander after ten to 20 years of service following the ceremony. Commander Green is a US Navy Veteran of World War II. Larry Mitchell of Edina is the new Post Commander.
Harry Holman of Hurdland remembered his father, Leslie W. Holman during the services. Leslie Holman was a World War I Navy Veteran and a charter member of American Legion Post 290 of Novelty.
Harry Holman and Kent Hagerla played Taps after a rifle squad made up of Knox County veterans honored their colleagues. The Reverend E. Dewayne Wellborn, Pastor of the First Christian Church of Edina and Knox City gave the Benediction.
Lunch was served at the Edina American Legion Hall after the services.