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Many assemble in Sikeston to honor veterans

Friday, November 12, 2010

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Maj. Paul Boyd of the Missouri National Guard addresses the crowd at Thursday's service at the Sikeston Field House.
( Michelle Felter, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Thursday was a day for veterans.

And in Sikeston, those from the area who served the country were honored with a special service at the Sikeston Field House.

During World War I, the armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, explained Maj. Paul Boyd of the Missouri National Guard, honored guest and speaker at the program.

"Since then, nations commemorate that event with a moment of silence," said Boyd. "That moment of silence punctuates the air and focuses everyone's attention to the service of our veterans across the country and in locations around the world. And those veterans encompass many different kinds of people, who serve our country in many diverse ways."

The service also included a presentation and positing of colors, as well as a 21-gun salute by the Sikeston National Guard Unit and the national anthem sung by the Sikeston High School band, choir and orchestra, which also provided patriotic music. Jessie Coburn Jr., vice commander of the Sikeston VFW Pot 3174, led the Pledge of Allegiance, while the Rev. Mary McCord of First Christian Church offered a prayer of remembrance.

Blair Moran, chaplain of American Legion Post 114, welcomed the crowd, while Steve Taylor, chairman of the Sikeston Veterans Park Committee, offered remarks. Moran also led the POW/MIA ceremony, while the Sikeston High School Band members performed Taps.

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