Local soldiers who fought for freedom and peace honored

For Lamy's 20-plus years as Parade Marshal, he said that on each Memorial Day, he has experienced poignant thoughts of the soldiers who've sacrificed their lives.

"For over 20 years, I've entered this cemetery with a lump in my throat and my eyes watering," he said.

Local American Legion Post 446 Commander Carson Parker, emcee for the ceremony, solemnly recited a list of those veterans from the Warrensburg-Thurman area who died during the past year.

Those that Parker memorialized were: Raymond Needham, Clifford Parsons, John Flynn, Doug Potter, Thomas Ryan, Raymond Koch, Hulbert Frazier, Bryon Paynter Sr., Joseph Ryan, Cliff Belden, Lloyd Dingman Jr., Howard Combs, Robert "Toby" Hastings, Richard Lang, Robert Decker, John Cooper, Harold Moon, Mary Harris, and John Roob.

Parker also paid tribute to Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Art Brown, 92, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In this year's parade, he had ridden in the procession in Jack Toney's 1980 Thunderbird convertible alongside his wife Vera, a long-time teacher at Warrensburg Elementary.

Recalling Art Brown's shoe repair shop on Main St., Parker said "There you'd sure get good service, and a good visit as well," recalling Brown's propensity to philosophize.

Richard Leonard, Pastor of the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church, offered the ceremonial invocation, advising that citizens should honor those who sacrificed their lives by leading honorable lives themselves.

A contingent of local Boy Scouts in full dress, led by their color guard, offered the Pledge of Allegiance.

Participating in placing a ceremonial wreath at the war memorial were Kirsten Rogers, Robbie Hall, Sharon LaGoy and Mary Kenyon - all members of local veterans organizations.

Following the playing of Taps, veterans discharging their guns in a salute were Ray Hensler, John Cronkite, Alex Greenmier and Ricky Fish.

The crowd, which numbered in the hundreds, held hands for a vocal rendition of God Bless America sung in classic operatic style by Jim Corriveau, vocal director at Warrensburg High School.

The parade included firefighters from Warrensburg in their full formal dress, bearing chromed axes.

Members of Emergency Medical squads from Warrensburg and Thurman were included in the procession, along with firefighters from Thurman, and sports teams and scouts from both communities.

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