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      Veterans remembering the fallen on Memorial Day

      Flags were flying all across the Heartland on this Memorial Day to remember those who have served our country and fought for our country's freedom.

      The Adair County Veterans Organization hosted a Memorial Day Ceremony at the VFW Post 2508 Monday morning.

      Local veterans and the public gathered to remember all the men and women in our armed forces and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

      Commander Tom Mundell of the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars was the featured speaker.

      "May we who loved them find peace and understanding in their sacrifice and that the America they so loved and protected and gave their lives, bodies and minds is forever worthy of their sacrifice," Mundell said.

      Mundell said we should always remember the real special meaning behind this holiday. He also added to thank our veterans for all that they have done.

      The ceremony was concluded with the placing of the wreath, a gun salute, and honors.

      Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It was declared a national holiday in 1971 to be celebrated every year on the last monday in May.