Hundreds Honor Fallen Veterans In Mound City

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By Loreto Cruz III

MOUND CITY -- Mound City residents kicked off Memorial Day weekend with an annual ceremony honoring the meaning of the holiday. The remembrance event is the oldest in the region, dating back to just after the Civil War.

The program included a laying of the wreath ceremony, as well as the rifle-cannon salute, and the playing of taps.

Master of Ceremonies George Nelson said preparations have been going on for a while, and several dozen volunteers placed flags at each veteran's gravesite, roughly 9,000 flags in total. 

Nelson said, "It makes us (veterans) strong and makes this country strong. So even though it is for veterans, we also love the people back home for what they do. We feel like our backs are covered."

Morissa Clanahan is the Vice President of the group in charge of maintaining the Mound City National Cemetary. She said, "I have 13 family members buried out here at the national cemetary, so It's got a big place in my heart. I'll be buried out here one of these days as well with my husband."

Clanahan went on to say she is, "Glad to see we still have enough patriotism left in our country that people come out on memorial day." 
 
Organizers say the ceremony is always held on the Saturday before Memorial Day.
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