Veterans Cemetery Service in Bloomfield
BLOOMFIELD – Tuesday’s Veterans Day observance here at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery included a Prisoners of War/Missing in Action ceremony, along with a Keynote speech offered by Lt. Col. Edward Gargas of the Missouri Army National Guard.
After entrance music performed by the Bloomfield High School Band; Director’s comments by SMSgt. USAF (ret.) Kenneth G. Swearengin; the Invocation offered by First General Baptist Church Pastor Ronnie Stevens; and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Elmer Wilson, the band performed the “Star Spangled Banner.”
The POW/MIA Table Ceremony followed, led by narrator Gary Kitchen, SFC USA (ret.). Allison Statler performed the traditional hymn, “Amazing Grace.”
Branches of the Armed Services were represented by the United States Army’s James Adams, SFC USA 9ret.); United States Marine Corps’ Tom Love, Capt., USMC (ret.); United States Navy’s Carl Bess, PO1, USN (ret.0; United States Air Forces’ Darryl LaPierre, Sgt., USAF; and United States Coast Guard by Justin Baker, CW04 USCG (ret.).
SMSgt. Swearengin was Tuesday’s Honorable Guest.
Lt. Col. Gargas offered the Keynote Address followed by Swearengin’s closing comments.
The Stoddard County Veterans Honor Guard, Elmer Wilson, Jack Gilles, Jerry Elder, Cotus James, Rick McLean, John Roach, Jesse Deardorff, Mark Hux, Mike Williams, Denny Robinett, Dale Weaver and Justin Steiner fired the closing volley.
Taps and exit music was performed by the BHS Band.