Pair of Veterans Day events also scheduled in Slater

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

As with Marshall, Slater will see multiple Veterans Day observances this Friday.

The first ceremony, sponsored by Slater American Legion Posts 78 and 178 and VFW Post 4367, begins at 10 a.m. in the Slater High School gym.

Larry Avery will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Saline County Northern District Commissioner Norvelle Brown will give an opening prayer. Guest speakers include Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri and State Rep. Joe Aull.

The featured speaker will be Col. Larry D. Kay, deputy commander-Army for the Missouri National Guard. Kay's military service includes serving as executive officer of the 1267th Medical Company during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91. The unit's mission was aerial evacuation of wounded, transportation of medical supplies and aerial search and rescue.

The service will also include a firing squad salute, a closing prayer by Saline County Southern District Commissioner Dick Hassler and closing remarks by event coordinator Charlie Guthrie.

The second observance will be held at Big Bend Retreat to honor the veterans making it their home now. The program will include opening comments by Guthrie and a message by Rev. David Duncan. In addition, the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited and the "Star-Spangled Banner" will be sung.

Big Bend's Army veterans are Louis Harris, Earl Underwood, Howard Johnson, Homer Rhoades, Ester Moore, Vince Maher and John Landreth. Dick Rink served in the Navy and John Gramlich is an Air Force veteran.

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