Area residents endure cold drizzle to honor veterans

Friday, November 12, 2010
Representatives of American Legion Post No. 191 went to The Living Center in Marshall to bring Veterans Day ceremonies to members who are unable to travel to ceremonies in the county. (Leah Townsend/Democrat-News)

Unseasonably warm, dry weather came to an end just in time for Veterans Day. The cold, drippy weather Thursday, Nov. 11, caused some ceremonies to move indoors that were originally planned to be outdoors.

Saline County Career Center moved its ceremony to Marshall High School gymnasium.

Missouri Valley College moved its ceremony from the quad to the R. Wilson Brown Room in Ferguson Center.

Other activities went forward as planned, including ceremonies in Slater and at the Saline County Courthouse.

Veterans were also honored at the Marshall Rotary Club/Knights of Columbus breakfast.

Godsey delivers remarks at veterans breakfast

By PAT NOLAN/Staff Writer

Sergeant Major Larry Godsey of Marshall, who has served two tours in Afghanistan, speaks to veterans at the annual Marshall Rotary Club/Knights of Columbus Veterans Breakfast Thursday, Nov. 11. (Pat Nolan/Democrat-News)

Army Sergeant Major Larry Godsey understands the problems with cross-cultural communication in Afghanistan.

Godsey presented a short talk on agricultural development in Afghanistan during the Veterans' Day breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Meeting Hall Thursday.

At least 85 percent of Afghanistan's population is involved with agriculture, he said. But they do it very differently.

"Each family has between one-and-a-half and three acres," Godsey said. "That has to provide everything: food, fiber and fuel."

While Godsey was there with the Missouri National Guard, soldiers helped emplace solar wells, micro-hydropower and even installed grain processing equipment.

They were using grinding stones and losing half of their food to the process, Godsey said. Another project soldiers undertook was installing check dams on the hillsides to slow runoff water and allow vegetation to re-grow.

The problem is, as he put it, "you have to figure a way to work with the system they have."

The project he participated in was designed to help win the hearts and minds of the Afghanis. Godsey said it worked.

"The problem isn't the farmers," he said. "It's the knuckleheads. They would kidnap a farmer's kid and tell the farmer to grow poppies. If we destroy the poppies, they kill the kid and the next day there is an IED in the road.

"It's better to wait. Let the farmer grow the poppies and get tipped when they move. We destroy the truck on the road and the farmer has done his job -- the kid is safe. And we don't get IEDs in the road."

Ultimately, Godsey said the main difference is understanding the needs and cultural differences of the Afghani farmers.

There were more than 200 people in attendance at the Veterans' breakfast. Karla Clause' class from Southeast Elementary School sang a selection of songs including "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and "You're a Grand Old Flag."

MVC honors veterans

By SARAH REED/Staff Writer

Veterans attend the annual Missouri Valley College Veterans Day ceremony, which took place in the Ferguson Center to avoid the drippy, cold weather. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

A presentation of the colors, music by the Missouri Valley College Choir and "Taps," played by MVC trumpeters were part of the Veterans Day ceremony held at MVC, Thursday, Nov. 11.

The MVC Veterans Association and the R.O.T.C. Viking Detachment honored veterans in the R. Wilson Brown Room after weather changed plans from holding the ceremony on the quad.

Veterans who attended the ceremony were introduced individually, as well as their branches, units and assignments.

"We think of Veterans Day, but we really should think of it every day," said MVC President Bonnie Humphrey.

Humphrey stifled her emotions, along with others in the room, while stating her pride for the ones who are currently serving.

MVC also boasts the MoVal Cares project for soldiers and sends care packages overseas. Rachael Pike, the student head of the organization said she hopes the packages are a "loud message that (servicemen) are remembered and supported by those as home."

Pike thanked those in the community who contribute to the care packages, including students of Northwest Elementary, in Marshall, who gave the organization Halloween candy.

Scotty Campbell and Harry Carrell thanked the college and American Legion Post 558 of Malta Bend for their efforts in Thursday's ceremony.

Olson recounts interview with Pearl Harbor survivor during Veterans Day ceremony in Marshall

By PAT NOLAN/Staff Writer

Veterans are honored during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Saline County Courthouse. (Pat Nolan/Democrat-News)

Several hundred people braved the fall chill to celebrate Veterans Day on the Marshall Square.

While recounting his experience talking to a survivor of Pearl Harbor and Congressional Medal of Honor awardee, retired Navy Captain Steve Olson choked up a bit.

Like most veterans, Olson said, the Pearl Harbor veteran said the true hero was the other guy, something which optimizes the ethos of service and sacrifice service members subscribe to.

Amanda Carmack took the podium to discuss the meaning of Veterans Day. During her speech, Carmack related a story about visiting a family friend at Walter Reed Hospital. The friend had lost a leg in an IED attack in Iraq. She spoke about how the battle scars left him unfazed and he still serves as an active duty soldier today.

Other speakers include State Representative Joe Aull, D-Marshall, State Senator Bill Stouffer, R, Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer and Saline County Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner.

Plattner challenged the students in attendance to look up the meaning of "freedom" and talk to veterans they know and come back next year with an understanding of what "freedom" means.

Following the placement of the wreathe, the school children in crowed out onto Arrow Street to prepare for the balloon release.

Career Center holds Veterans Day ceremony at MHS

(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

By SARAH REED/Staff Writer

Though rain covered Marshall Thursday morning, it didn't dampen the spirit of Veteran's Day. Saline County Career Center, which was to host a flagpole ceremony Nov. 11, moved its assembly to the Marshall High School gym. Several FFA students presented historical information, offered interesting statistics and spoke of the necessity for celebrating America's veterans. Up and down the bleachers, heads bowed for a moment of silence, and MHS vocalists eased into "America the Beautiful" at the end of the ceremony.

Cargill honors veteran employees

By SARAH REED/Staff Writer

Ashley Craig, 10, sings "The Star Spangled Banner" for visitors as Gary and Larry Thomas raise Old Glory above a new veterans memorial at the Cargill plant in Marshall. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

Cargill employees received recognition Thursday, Nov. 11 -- not because they were employees of the month, but because the Marshall company wanted to honor the veterans employed there.

Veterans from Cargill and community members gathered at the plant's flagpole while a memorial was unveiled on Veterans Day.

The memorial stone reads: "Dedicated in memory of and to honor Cargill Marshall employees and family members serving the United States military past, present and future."

Though Cargill honors Veterans Day each year, "we wanted to do something special this year," said Brian Taylor, plant manager. "We want to remember them throughout the year."

Contact Pat Nolan at

Children in the audience participate in Veterans Day ceremonies at Slater High School Thursday, Nov. 11. (Leah Townsend/Democrat-News)
County officials present flags during the Veterans Day ceremonies in Slater Thursday, Nov. 11. (Leah Townsend/Democrat-News)

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  • Great coverage Eric. Do you have some coverage coming about the events on the court house square?


    -- Posted by oceanlord49 on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 10:05 AM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Yes. More coming soon. Got interrupted in mid-post.
  • Do you have and coverage from the veterans Breakfast at the KofC with the Rotary Club and the Knights Of Columbus

    -- Posted by workinghard on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 1:53 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Yes. The story about Larry Godsey's talk is from that event.
  • Eric,

    Superb coverage all around the city with the many Veterans Day events. Great job to your folks in pulling it off.

    Thank you

    -- Posted by oceanlord49 on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 2:15 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Thank you for saying so!

    And my thanks to all the organizers of Veterans Day ceremonies who let us know about their plans so we could plan to be there.

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