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2014 Memorial Day at VFW Post 6097 proved very special

Both attendance and participation by the public higher than in past years.
Click on headline for complete story with over one dozen photo(s) by Melissa Stone, as added during Memorial Day.

By Joe Hare

There were some notable, commonsense changes in the Memorial Day observance at VFW Pot 6097 Sunday, May 25, 2014, and the changes not only made the program more meaningful, it made all who attended more comfortable, drew a larger crowd than usual, and seemed to set modern day records for the event.

Some 115 were in attendance to hear US Navy Commander Jeff Giles speak, during the VFW Hall, inside segment of the service.


A majority of those in attendance stay when the program moved to the entrance of the Adair County Fairground for the Rifle Squad salute, under the command of Marine Kris Knights, with Taps played by Bugler Charles Green.

Four wreaths were placed in the "Laying of Wreaths" honoring the fallen; honored by Officer of the Day Larry Skaggs, Sr.; Vice Commander Fred Troutman, Jr.; Vice Commander Ron Burton, VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Trudy Crabb. The American Flag was place by Post Commander Joe Hare.

The Memorial Day service, in addition the large crowd, also had 24 Honor Guard Members present; 2014 marked the first year in recent times when there were more members present than positions for them

Only a few years ago, crowds were cut because of the sweltering memorial day heat, before the program was split into two sessions, one in the temperature controlled VFW Hall, with comfortable seating and restrooms handy for the audience, for the main address; then a short but very moving outdoor program, for the laying of the wreaths, taps and the rifle salute. - Joe Hare


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Adair County Memorial Day Service: Rifle salute



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Gun Salute,
. The Marine calling commands is Kristopher Knight. This year's memorial day service held at 3pmCT on Sunday, May 25, 2014, was one of the best ever. The service drew perhaps the largest crowd in modern times. Only the rifle salute and the laying of the wreaths were outside; the main program was held inside the VFW Hall. - Melissa Stone (Watch for additional photos and stories about the event today)

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2014 VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day observance



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. Post Quartermaster, Ronnie Holt, speaking. Joe Hare, Jeff Giles, and Dick Scholl seated. - Melissa Stone
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2014 VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day observance: Rifle Squad



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. Rifle Squad, after posting colors.
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2014 VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day observance - Rifle Squad II



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Rifle Squad: Commander, Kris Knight.
In lead, right, is Curtis Hardwick, as ceremony shifted to Monument entrance to Adair County Fairground. - Melissa Stone

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2014 VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day: Jeff Giles



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. Commander Jeff Giles, United States Navy, delivered the Memorial Day Address, May 25, 2014, at VFW Hall.
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2014 VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day observance



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Line of representatives to lead the outside program led by, from front back: Bill Davenport; Trudy Crabb, President of the Ladies auxiliary; Jr. Vice Commander-Ron Burton; Sr. Vice Commander-Fred Troutman; Post Commander-Joe Hare; and Officer of the Day-Larry Skaggs. - Melissa Stone

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2014 VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day observance: Veterans group



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
>At 2014 Memorial Day observance
at VFW Monument, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY: Veterans Bill Davenport, Arvis Stapp, Curtis Hardwick, and Dick Scholl. - Melissa Stone

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Commander Joe Hare saluting after placing flag



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
VFW Post 6097 Commander Joe Hare saluting after placing flag at Veterans Monument at Memorial Day observance, May 25, 2014. - Melissa Knight

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2014 Memorial Day observance: George Keltner



2014-05-26 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. George Keltner at the May 25, 2014, VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day Program. - Melissa Stone
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Showing patriotic pride: Haviland Roach



2014-05-27 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. One of the younger folks in attendance Sunday at the VFW Memorial Day observance and showing his patriotic pride, Haviland Roach. - Melissa Stone
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2014 VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day observance: Wreaths, flag



2014-05-27 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Wreaths & flag at the base of the monument
following wreath laying ceremony at the VFW Post 6097, Sunday, May 25, 2014. - Melissa Stone

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A moment of silence after laying wreath, VFW Post 6097



2014-05-27 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
President of the VFW Post 6097 Ladies Auxiliary, Trudy Crabb, taking a moment of silence after laying a wreath at the VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day program, Sunday, May 25, 2014. - Melissa Stone

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Charles Green plays taps at VFW 6097 Memorial Day Service



2014-05-27 - 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. Taps being played by bugler, Charles Green at Memorial Day Observance, Sunday, May 25, 2014, at VFW Post 6097, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY. - Melissa Stone
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