A Veterans Day salute to those who served

Danny Seifert, right, and Hank Stratman set the four-foot bronze eagle atop the nine-foot obelisk, the centerpiece of the new Freedom Corner located in the island between East McCarty and East High streets. Seifert works for Carved in Stone along with Steve Walther, behind Seifert, put the pieces of granite  over the steel frame to form the pedestal on which the statue rests. The site will be dedicated at a 2 p.m. ceremony today.

Danny Seifert, right, and Hank Stratman set the four-foot bronze eagle atop the nine-foot obelisk, the centerpiece of the new Freedom Corner located in the island between East McCarty and East High streets. Seifert works for Carved in Stone along with Steve Walther, behind Seifert, put the pieces of granite over the steel frame to form the pedestal on which the statue rests. The site will be dedicated at a 2 p.m. ceremony today.

Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor United States veterans and victims of all wars. The holiday also marks the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1919. There are a variety of events scheduled throughout Jefferson City today for veterans and the public.

Events include: Lincoln University ROTC will display 745 miniature flags on campus today, to represent the number of commissioned officers who have matriculated through the program.

A free breakfast for veterans will be hosted from 6:30-9:30 a.m. in the Pemberton Room at Jefferson City High School. For reservations, call 659-3050.

The traditional Veterans Day Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. today at St. Peter Catholic Church. The school will host a gathering for veterans afterward. The students also are selling T-shirts as a fundraiser for a special wheelchair for veterans in the Mexico Veterans Home.

A complimentary rose will be given — one to a person, while supplies last — from 9 a.m.-noon today at Riverview Cemetery, as a means to thank veterans. Call 636-6713 for more information or visit www.riverviewjc.com.

Cole County R-1 Schools is hosting a Veterans Day Assembly at 9 a.m. today. Breakfast for veterans will be served at 8 a.m.

The Jefferson City Veterans Council’s traditional Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. today in the Capitol Rotunda.

The Veterans Tribute at Freedom Corner will be unveiled at 2 p.m. today at the intersection of East High and East McCarty streets.

The Jefferson City East Side Business Association event will include the American Legion Riders, Lincoln University ROTC, students from local public and parochial schools, dignitary comments and the unveiling by local veteran Tyler Huffman.

In addition to these Veterans Day events, two additional calendar items may be of interest to area veterans: As a fundraiser for the Central Missouri Honor Flight and the Jefferson City Veterans Council, the 10th anniversary edition of the Operation Merry Christmas CD, “Support our Troops — Honor our Veterans,” is available for $10 at Gerbes West and Super Gerbes, Hy-Vee, Schnucks, Schulte’s Fresh Foods, Carrie’s Hallmark, Downtown Book and Toy, Samuel’s Tuxedos and Gifts, Central Bank and Home Savings Bank.

The Wreaths for Heroes group will place holiday wreaths at the grave of each service member in the Jefferson City National Cemetery, beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 14. A program with guest speaker Warren Krech will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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