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VFW holds Memorial Day ceremony

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ceremonies honoring the dead who have served in the United States Army Forces were held on Memorial Day at the Monett IOOF Cemetery by Tom Wolfe Memorial Post #4207 and its Ladies Auxiliary at the graveside of Tom Wolfe. In the front row, from left, are: Commander Ken Madison; Senior Vice Commander David Thurman; Junior Vice Commander Dennis Housman; Officer Of The Day Bill Cooper and Ladies Auxiliary President Mary Thurman. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
A ceremony remembering fallen soldiers and past service in the Armed Forces was held at the graveside of Tom Wolfe, who was killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War.

The event was hosted by representatives of Tom Wolfe Memorial Post #4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and its Ladies Auxiliary at the Monett IOOF Cemetery.

"On this day, forever consecrated to our heroic dead, we are assembled once again to express sincere reverence," said Post Commander Ken Madison, in opening the ceremony. "Wherever the body of a comrade lies, there the ground is hallowed. Our presence here is in solemn commemoration of all these men, an expression of our tribute to their devotion to duty, to their courage and patriotism."

Chaplain Terry Clay asked for divine comfort for the families of the departed.

A wreath was placed at the grave by David Thurman, senior vice commander of the Post. A white flag, denoting the purity of the departed's grave, and a red flag, symbolizing devotion and remembrance, were also placed.

Blue flowers were presented by Mary Thurman, Auxiliary president, as an emblem of life everlasting. Madison placed an American flag to wave over the grave, representing what the soldiers fought to defend.

The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute and bugler Jane Rogers playing "Taps."

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