Mid-Missouri observes Veterans Day

Flags are displayed in New Bloomfield, Mo.

People turned out all across mid-Missouri to honor local veterans today.

A retired colonel told those attending a Veterans Day ceremony in the State Capitol that Missourians should thank veterans for their service. And he said veterans should thank the public for their support.

About 100 people gathered today in the Capitol Rotunda for the Veterans Day ceremony.

An elementary school choir sang patriotic songs and an honor guard fired rifle volleys just outside the Capitol.

Steve Rasmussen, a retired colonel who is now a Jefferson City official, said more than anyone, those in the military want their sacrifices to end war.

He said the country can rely upon young Americans to defend their liberty and way of life.

A special Veterans Day display is up today in the town of New Bloomfield.

The New Bloomfield area civic association organized the gallery of flags in the town cemetery.

Area residents purchased the flags in honor of or in memory of a loved one or someone currently serving in the military.

"Nancy and I took a trip to Ohio in the last part of July, New Bloomfield Area Civic Association Jane Hurtt said. We were looking for an antique mall and we couldn't find it. But we found a park full of flags. They were just beautiful and we thought, if this place in Ohio can have flags, New Bloomfield can have flags."

"We thought New Bloomfield is a special place and we should honor all of our veterans and anyone in New Bloomfield and we thought the cemetery was the perfect place to put our flags," New Bloomfield Area Civic Association Nancy West said.

Organizers were hoping to sell at least 30 flags, they surpassed that goal by selling 73 flags on display.

The flags will be placed at the cemetery on several other patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day and Flag Day.

The Lake of the Ozarks Elks Lodge today hosted an awards ceremony for lake area veterans who were on active duty during World War I, Korea and Vietnam.

Seventeen veterans qualified to receive well-deserved medals.

But one veteran, Orville Stoeber was a special honoree.

He received all three medals since he served the United States in all three wars.

National Guard officials presented today's medals.