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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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