Memorial Day service highlights service of submariners - KOAM TV 7

Memorial Day service in Carthage highlights service of submariners


Many communities are holding ceremonies to honor veterans and those in our armed forces on this Memorial Day.

A ceremony in Carthage this morning featured a musical fanfare and salutes to honor the nation's flag and those representing veterans organizations and prisoners of war.

More than 100 people came to the ceremony at Park Cemetery where a wreath was placed at a war memorial. 

As part of the ceremony names were read of veterans who have died this year and a speech was given to honor the often unrecognized efforts of submariners, who's mission takes them far from home and family.

"There isn't a person in the civilian world that could understand the trauma someone on a submarine goes through," says Senior Chief Mark Buresh, a retired U.S. Navy Submarine Sonar Technician.  "There isn't a person that can understand what it means to go out in the field, to have someone shooting at you every day, to risk your life to defend our freedom and that is important and these people deserve to be treated fair and given extra treatment when required."

Joplin Chapter 621 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart recently spent $500 to provide necessary items to the Missouri State Veterans Home in Mount Vernon.

They raise funds through sales of the purple viola flower and say they are looking for new members in returning soldiers.  A a lifetime membership is $50.


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