Columbia Honors Veterans and Active Duty Service Members on Memorial Day

Little Kart Dude
A Moolah Shriner takes part in the 29th annual Salute to Veterans Parade on Monday, May 29, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. On their website, the Shriners describe themselves as an “organization of brothers working for the greater good.”
JERRY PROFILE Photo
Vietnam veteran Jerry Kilgore watches the 29th annual Salute to Veterans Parade on Monday, May 29, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri. Kilgore has attended ever single Memorial Day parade in Columbia since it began in 1988.
AMERICAN FLAG CHUTE
A member of the United States Army Black Daggers parachutes in to Marvin Owens Field at Columbia College with the American flag on Monday, May 29, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. The Black Daggers parachuted in while the Columbia Community Band performed the national anthem during the annual Salute to the Nation ceremony.
Tuskegee Airman
Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen rides on a trailer during the 29th annual Salute to Veterans Parade on Monday, May 29, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri. They were featured guests at the Salute to the Nation ceremony that followed the parade.
Wreath
A wreath sits in front of the Boone County Courthouse Veterans’ Memorial in Columbia, Missouri on Monday, May 29, 2017. More than 28 different organizations laid wreaths at the memorial in commemoration of Memorial Day.
Bow on Wreath
A bow is tied to the top of a wreath in front of the Boone County Courthouse Veterans’ Memorial in Columbia Missouri on Monday, May 29, 2017.

 

 

The City of Columbia, Missouri held its annual Salute to Veterans Parade and Salute to the Nation ceremony on Monday, May 29, 2017. The events capped off a Memorial Day weekend full of tributes that included a two-day air show at the Columbia Regional Airport. The parade featured high school marching bands, veterans in cars, and a variety of resources from the Columbia Fire Department, Columbia Police Department, and Boone County Sherriff’s Office. Hundreds of people, from families in search of a fun activity to veterans like Jerry Kilgore lined to parade route. Kilgore said that Memorial Day is always tough for him because it brings back a lot of memories. The parade and celebrations help him get through it.

The real highlight of the weekend came during the Salute to the Nation ceremony when members of US and Canadian special forces parachuted in. The Canadian Armed Forces Sky Hawks and US Army Black Daggers tumbled through the air as they performed unforgettable aerial stunts.

At the end of the day, the point of having all of these events to commemorate Memorial Day is to stress the importance of the real meaning of the holiday. Organizers want to ensure that future generations understand the sacrifice that members of US military and their families make. As Korean War veteran Howard William Osterkamp once said, “all gave some; some gave all.” Veterans like Jerry Kilgore want to make sure that these ideas and the true meaning of Memorial Day live on years many years to come.

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