Saluting the ultimate sacrifice


Annual Memorial Day ceremony honors military

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Walter “Cliff” C. McBride Jr., of Sedalia, speaks about the importance of Memorial Day as well as honoring everyone who has served in the United States military during Monday morning’s Memorial Day service at Crown Hill Cemetery. “You veterans, your presence here today is a statement of remembering those who died in service to this country,” McBride told the crowd. “Your presence here is a statement of resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain. Your presence here is an example for the next generation to follow as they remember future men and women who will die in service of this nation because evil still exists in this world. Your presence here is a stand for hope for the future of this nation.” McBride joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 and retired in 1999.


Marion Schmidt, a World War II Army veteran, stands as he is surrounded by applauding citizens recognizing his efforts during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.


A guest at the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue at Liberty Park salutes the flag as Dalton Shepard, of Amigos de Cristo Boy Scout Troop 300, sings the National Anthem to begin the lunch-time meal.


Larry Reven, VFW Post 2591 Commander, and his wife salute the wreath honoring those who died in World War II during the wreath-laying portion of Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Wreaths were also laid for World War I, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and all other conflicts.


City of Sedalia officials, from left, Mayor Stephen Galliher, Ward 2 Councilman Russell Driskell, Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Leeman, Ward 4 Councilwoman Vicky Collins and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Cross salute the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.


From left, members of Boy Scout Troop 61 Tyler Soendker, Colton Loesing, Dustin Belsha and Calvin Bruecher salute as Soendker raises and lowers the American flag during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.


Don Barbour, president of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, salutes the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Barbour served as Master of Ceremonies. “We’re here to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this great country and all it stands for,” he said in his opening remarks.


Tony Galligher, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, takes a moment to pause and reflect as he gives the invocation to begin Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.


The George Whiteman Memorial American Legion Post 642 Champion Color Guard stands behind the guest speaker’s podium after the presentation of the colors during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.


Members of VFW Post 2591 offer a 21-gun salute to honor those who died serving the country during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.


Grant Chumpraphai, left, and Bryce Chalfant get ready to hand another American flag to Dalton Shepard as he properly retires them before the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. For his Eagle Scout Project, Shepard created a wooden box for the local American Legion as a “respectful place for flags to be held before they are retired,” he told the crowd. His dad told the Democrat the family had been invited to a friend’s barbecue in Lenexa, but Shepard told his dad that even though his Eagle Project was already completed he felt he needed to be in Sedalia to help retire flags, opting to skip the friend’s invitation.


Tom Miller, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, flips one of a grill-full of burgers to feed a large crowd for Voiture’s annual barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. The barbecue is the organization’s only fundraiser of the year for general operating expenses.


A line of American flags at half staff can be seen as Jim Gaertner, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, gives the benediction during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. During his remarks, Gaertner said he would be remembering his friend who died in the line of duty, asking those gathered who they would remember on Memorial Day.


Lt. Col. (Ret.) Walter “Cliff” C. McBride Jr., of Sedalia, speaks about the importance of Memorial Day as well as honoring everyone who has served in the United States military during Monday morning’s Memorial Day service at Crown Hill Cemetery. “You veterans, your presence here today is a statement of remembering those who died in service to this country,” McBride told the crowd. “Your presence here is a statement of resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain. Your presence here is an example for the next generation to follow as they remember future men and women who will die in service of this nation because evil still exists in this world. Your presence here is a stand for hope for the future of this nation.” McBride joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 and retired in 1999.

Marion Schmidt, a World War II Army veteran, stands as he is surrounded by applauding citizens recognizing his efforts during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A guest at the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue at Liberty Park salutes the flag as Dalton Shepard, of Amigos de Cristo Boy Scout Troop 300, sings the National Anthem to begin the lunch-time meal.

Larry Reven, VFW Post 2591 Commander, and his wife salute the wreath honoring those who died in World War II during the wreath-laying portion of Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Wreaths were also laid for World War I, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and all other conflicts.

City of Sedalia officials, from left, Mayor Stephen Galliher, Ward 2 Councilman Russell Driskell, Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Leeman, Ward 4 Councilwoman Vicky Collins and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Cross salute the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

From left, members of Boy Scout Troop 61 Tyler Soendker, Colton Loesing, Dustin Belsha and Calvin Bruecher salute as Soendker raises and lowers the American flag during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Don Barbour, president of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, salutes the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Barbour served as Master of Ceremonies. “We’re here to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this great country and all it stands for,” he said in his opening remarks.

Tony Galligher, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, takes a moment to pause and reflect as he gives the invocation to begin Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

The George Whiteman Memorial American Legion Post 642 Champion Color Guard stands behind the guest speaker’s podium after the presentation of the colors during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Members of VFW Post 2591 offer a 21-gun salute to honor those who died serving the country during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Grant Chumpraphai, left, and Bryce Chalfant get ready to hand another American flag to Dalton Shepard as he properly retires them before the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. For his Eagle Scout Project, Shepard created a wooden box for the local American Legion as a “respectful place for flags to be held before they are retired,” he told the crowd. His dad told the Democrat the family had been invited to a friend’s barbecue in Lenexa, but Shepard told his dad that even though his Eagle Project was already completed he felt he needed to be in Sedalia to help retire flags, opting to skip the friend’s invitation.

Tom Miller, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, flips one of a grill-full of burgers to feed a large crowd for Voiture’s annual barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. The barbecue is the organization’s only fundraiser of the year for general operating expenses.

A line of American flags at half staff can be seen as Jim Gaertner, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, gives the benediction during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. During his remarks, Gaertner said he would be remembering his friend who died in the line of duty, asking those gathered who they would remember on Memorial Day.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Walter “Cliff” C. McBride Jr., of Sedalia, speaks about the importance of Memorial Day as well as honoring everyone who has served in the United States military during Monday morning’s Memorial Day service at Crown Hill Cemetery. “You veterans, your presence here today is a statement of remembering those who died in service to this country,” McBride told the crowd. “Your presence here is a statement of resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain. Your presence here is an example for the next generation to follow as they remember future men and women who will die in service of this nation because evil still exists in this world. Your presence here is a stand for hope for the future of this nation.” McBride joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 and retired in 1999.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-1.jpgLt. Col. (Ret.) Walter “Cliff” C. McBride Jr., of Sedalia, speaks about the importance of Memorial Day as well as honoring everyone who has served in the United States military during Monday morning’s Memorial Day service at Crown Hill Cemetery. “You veterans, your presence here today is a statement of remembering those who died in service to this country,” McBride told the crowd. “Your presence here is a statement of resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain. Your presence here is an example for the next generation to follow as they remember future men and women who will die in service of this nation because evil still exists in this world. Your presence here is a stand for hope for the future of this nation.” McBride joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 and retired in 1999.

Marion Schmidt, a World War II Army veteran, stands as he is surrounded by applauding citizens recognizing his efforts during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-2.jpgMarion Schmidt, a World War II Army veteran, stands as he is surrounded by applauding citizens recognizing his efforts during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A guest at the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue at Liberty Park salutes the flag as Dalton Shepard, of Amigos de Cristo Boy Scout Troop 300, sings the National Anthem to begin the lunch-time meal.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-3.jpgA guest at the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue at Liberty Park salutes the flag as Dalton Shepard, of Amigos de Cristo Boy Scout Troop 300, sings the National Anthem to begin the lunch-time meal.

Larry Reven, VFW Post 2591 Commander, and his wife salute the wreath honoring those who died in World War II during the wreath-laying portion of Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Wreaths were also laid for World War I, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and all other conflicts.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-4.jpgLarry Reven, VFW Post 2591 Commander, and his wife salute the wreath honoring those who died in World War II during the wreath-laying portion of Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Wreaths were also laid for World War I, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and all other conflicts.

City of Sedalia officials, from left, Mayor Stephen Galliher, Ward 2 Councilman Russell Driskell, Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Leeman, Ward 4 Councilwoman Vicky Collins and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Cross salute the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-5.jpgCity of Sedalia officials, from left, Mayor Stephen Galliher, Ward 2 Councilman Russell Driskell, Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Leeman, Ward 4 Councilwoman Vicky Collins and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Cross salute the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

From left, members of Boy Scout Troop 61 Tyler Soendker, Colton Loesing, Dustin Belsha and Calvin Bruecher salute as Soendker raises and lowers the American flag during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-6.jpgFrom left, members of Boy Scout Troop 61 Tyler Soendker, Colton Loesing, Dustin Belsha and Calvin Bruecher salute as Soendker raises and lowers the American flag during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Don Barbour, president of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, salutes the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Barbour served as Master of Ceremonies. “We’re here to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this great country and all it stands for,” he said in his opening remarks.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-7.jpgDon Barbour, president of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, salutes the flag as Roy Bemiss sings the National Anthem during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Barbour served as Master of Ceremonies. “We’re here to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this great country and all it stands for,” he said in his opening remarks.

Tony Galligher, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, takes a moment to pause and reflect as he gives the invocation to begin Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-8.jpgTony Galligher, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, takes a moment to pause and reflect as he gives the invocation to begin Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

The George Whiteman Memorial American Legion Post 642 Champion Color Guard stands behind the guest speaker’s podium after the presentation of the colors during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-9.jpgThe George Whiteman Memorial American Legion Post 642 Champion Color Guard stands behind the guest speaker’s podium after the presentation of the colors during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Members of VFW Post 2591 offer a 21-gun salute to honor those who died serving the country during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-10.jpgMembers of VFW Post 2591 offer a 21-gun salute to honor those who died serving the country during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Grant Chumpraphai, left, and Bryce Chalfant get ready to hand another American flag to Dalton Shepard as he properly retires them before the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. For his Eagle Scout Project, Shepard created a wooden box for the local American Legion as a “respectful place for flags to be held before they are retired,” he told the crowd. His dad told the Democrat the family had been invited to a friend’s barbecue in Lenexa, but Shepard told his dad that even though his Eagle Project was already completed he felt he needed to be in Sedalia to help retire flags, opting to skip the friend’s invitation.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-11.jpgGrant Chumpraphai, left, and Bryce Chalfant get ready to hand another American flag to Dalton Shepard as he properly retires them before the Voiture 333, 40 & 8, barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. For his Eagle Scout Project, Shepard created a wooden box for the local American Legion as a “respectful place for flags to be held before they are retired,” he told the crowd. His dad told the Democrat the family had been invited to a friend’s barbecue in Lenexa, but Shepard told his dad that even though his Eagle Project was already completed he felt he needed to be in Sedalia to help retire flags, opting to skip the friend’s invitation.

Tom Miller, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, flips one of a grill-full of burgers to feed a large crowd for Voiture’s annual barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. The barbecue is the organization’s only fundraiser of the year for general operating expenses.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-12.jpgTom Miller, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, flips one of a grill-full of burgers to feed a large crowd for Voiture’s annual barbecue Monday afternoon at Liberty Park. The barbecue is the organization’s only fundraiser of the year for general operating expenses.

A line of American flags at half staff can be seen as Jim Gaertner, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, gives the benediction during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. During his remarks, Gaertner said he would be remembering his friend who died in the line of duty, asking those gathered who they would remember on Memorial Day.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD053116MemorialDay-13.jpgA line of American flags at half staff can be seen as Jim Gaertner, of Voiture 333, 40 & 8, gives the benediction during Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. During his remarks, Gaertner said he would be remembering his friend who died in the line of duty, asking those gathered who they would remember on Memorial Day.
Annual Memorial Day ceremony honors military
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