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Honoring those who paid the highest price

By on May 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

The Waterloo VFW Firing Squad marches during Monday’s Memorial Day service on the courthouse grounds. For more photos, click here. (Alan Dooley photo)

Those who have fallen while serving in the name of freedom were honored Monday at well-attended Memorial Day services throughout the county. 

Remarks by guest speakers and American Legion and VFW officers provided stark reminders of the tremendous toll to the nation and to the families of those whose deaths came too soon courtesy of the world’s innumerable battlefields.

Columbia Mayor Kevin Hutchinson is joined by Columbia American Legion Honor Guard members and Legion Auxiliary officials in placing a ceremonial wreath at the Doughboy statue on Monday. (Andrea Saathoff photo)

The event’s featured speaker on the courthouse grounds was Robert D. Bryson of the National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Bryson, a 24-year Army veteran who led the Army Mortuary Affairs operations to recover, identify and inter the fallen of 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as working as the POW/MIA liaison officer in Thailand, Laos and China, reminded attendees of the huge cost in lives the U.S. has paid since the founding of the nation.

Nearly 1.2 million servicemen and servicewomen in each war and operation since the Revolutionary War gave their “… blood, sweat and tears… they did not fail us and we must not fail them,” Bryson said.

He called on citizens to show  “…remembrance, gratitude and admiration for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice…>>>

Read the rest of this article in the May 30, 2018, issue of the Republic-Times newspaper.

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: andrea@republictimes.net