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Vandalized Missouri veterans memorial is rededicated

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Veterans across the Four States join the nation in honoring the men and women of our armed forces.

Remembrances include a rededication ceremony in southwest Missouri restoring what vandals tried to destroy.  A new six foot cross now stands at the Veterans Memorial in Stella, Missouri thanks to many donations from the local elementary school, residents and Clark Funeral Home in Neosho.

The cross had been broken by vandals twice last November and had been temporarily repaired with pieces of rebar.

On Monday a crowd of veterans, family and friends gathered at the new memorial.  They say they're grateful for everyone's efforts to have the cross standing again representing so much.

"It's hard to explain the way that it makes me feel being a Vietnam veteran coming home and knowing the way that we were treated when we came home and now to be able to see this and to help to do this," says Bill Beckett, of the Stella, Missouri Veterans Committee.  "I can't really explain it.  I don't really have words to explain it."

 

Pittsburg State University held its Memorial Day observance with a special speaker.  Lieutenant Robert Brock graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1985 before joining the U.S. Air Force.

Among his many achievements, Brock earned a bronze star metal for directing 140 rescues without any of his soldiers going missing.

During the ceremony retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Jim Aubuchon stressed the importance of good citizenship.

"The university is a place where students come to learn many skills but among them are the skills of good citizenship," Aubuchon says.  "To teach good citizenship you have to have understand concepts of freedom, liberty, justice and to understand that you have to realize from whence all that comes."

At the end of the ceremony veterans and their families unveiled the newest pavers added to the memorial.

Also in Pittsburg, 250 flags line Winwood Street in remembrance of Memorial Day.  Most of the neighborhood participated by buying the flags and placing them in their yards.

Resident Dean Powell says this is just one special way his neighborhood is remembering veterans.

"I spent 27 years in the Army so that makes a big factor, and plus it's a special occasion, it really is," says Powell.

 

Veterans from all military branches gathered at Mount Hope Cemetery's Veterans Memorial to commemorate  those who's lives were lost in war.

Wreaths were placed on the memorial and more than 300 American flags were placed around the cemetery.

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