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Warrensburg Legion honors local veterans

Minutes before Veterans Day ceremonies began Nov. 11 in Warrensburg, American Legion Post 446 Commander Eugene Pierce (right) secures a ceremonial flag to its staff for honor guard participant Mackenzie Blydenburg (left), a member of the local Sons of the American Legion.  At right is Trevor Prosser, another member of the junior Legion group. Also serving for the ceremonial guard duty were Dan Ackley, Duncan Blydenburg and Andy Sprague.

Minutes before Veterans Day ceremonies began Nov. 11 in Warrensburg, American Legion Post 446 Commander Eugene Pierce (right) secures a ceremonial flag to its staff for honor guard participant Mackenzie Blydenburg (left), a member of the local Sons of the American Legion. At right is Trevor Prosser, another member of the junior Legion group. Also serving for the ceremonial guard duty were Dan Ackley, Duncan Blydenburg and Andy Sprague. Photo by Thom Randall.

— About 25 local residents gathered Monday Nov. 11 at the Warrensburg Cemetery to pay tribute to U.S. veterans and service personnel.

The solemn Veterans Day ceremony was conducted by American Legion Post 446.

Conducting the service was Eugene Pierce, commander of the both the Warrensburg Legion post and its countywide parent organization.

In his address, Pierce noted that honor was due to all U.S. soldiers, whether serving in either of the world wars, Viet Nam, Iraq, or Afghanistan — as well as any undeclared conflict, or in peacetime.

“Veterans are a sailer, airman, soldier, Marine,” he said. “They are artillery, armored, infantry, medic. They are a citizen soldier, first to volunteer in time of trouble and the last to come home.”

Pierce continued that veterans are proud of their American heritage, alert to the present and confident of the nation’s future.

“A veteran knows that vigilance and preparedness are necessary if freedom is to be preserved,” he said.

A group of local veterans’ group officials conducted a joint reading. Joining Pierce in the presentation were Fran Poltanis, Carson Parker, Michelle Bedell and Ed Binder.

Former American Legion Post 446 Commander Carson Parker paid tribute to local veterans who died in 2013.

Parker read the names of deceased veterans James Morwood, Thomas Van Salisbury, Robert A. Jones Sr., Earle Dibble, Edgar Hayes, John Engle, Robert Mosher, Rev. Charles Metzger, Frank Soldwedel, Charles Altman, Helen Decker, Floyd Tucker Sr., Sharon Duffy, Alfred James Winslow, George Morwood, Larry Maxam, Phillip Graton, Joseph Semon Jr., and Edward J. Murphy.

On behalf of Legion Post 446 Auxiliary, Poltanis and Bedell placed a wreath in front of the Warrensburg veterans memorial to honor the departed. In conclusion, a Legion honor guard fired off a salute, and Taps was sounded.

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