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."