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Memorial Day Observance marred
by appalling behavior of a few motorists

Maybe Adair County has no more discourteous drivers than other American locales, there are too many. Behavior at Memorial Day service today shows once again and all too often how badly noisy, speeding, and threatening vehicle operation needs immediate attention of law enforcement, city and county leaders, business leaders and Chamber of Commerce, religious and education leaders, and local media. -EW

By Cathy Luttrell

Monday is the day for our great country to honor all of the men and women who have fought and died here at home and on lands far away. I have tried to instill in my two sons, ages 23 and 11, that this is a very special occasion and is not to be taken lightly. These fallen soldiers deserve the respect of all American of all ages.

Sunday, May 30, 2010, Columbia VFW Post 6097 held their annual Memorial Day Service at the fairgrounds. This is the one day of the year that citizens of this county gather to pay tribute to fellow comrades, family members and friends. The ceremony is held at the gates to the fairgrounds where a monument stands honoring fallen Adair countians.

The crowd of about 60 people gathered in the hot sun radiating off the blacktop. Throughout the ceremony, the continuous noise of passing vehicles could be heard.

The noise is something that the crowd has learned to overlook. One problem that continues to plague this gathering of people, are the vehicles who wish to turn into the fairgrounds to go to the city pool. Of course, the pool opens the weekend of Memorial Day.

It's a hot day and it is understandable that the young people would like to head to the pool.

Some vehicles will slow to turn and then pass on, showing their respect, when they realize what is taking place.

However, this year, to the dismay of the crowd, two vehicles turned and drove through the ceremony.

I think it is so sad that some of the "younger generation" are not able to show the respect that should be given on this occasion.

To miss out on thirty minutes of pool time would be terrible. These men and women who have fought and died for their country not only deserve respect, but they have definitely earned it!

This story was posted on 2010-05-30 17:15:28
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