Local Ceremony Honors Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, there will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the VFW Adair Post 2508. Members from the Truman ROTC Color Guard will present the colors for the ceremony. The VFW hall is located off Highway 6 at 21464 Parallel Road.

Those unable to attend the ceremony are encouraged to stop by the outside entrance to the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center to see plaques that list the names of former Truman students and alumni who gave their lives in service of their country during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Visitors will also find a life size  “Purple Heart” bronze sculpture that was unveiled during a Veterans Day ceremony on campus in 2011. The sculpture was designed and created by Brandon Crandall who had the inspiration that the plaques needed something to compliment them. The sculpture, which faces the plaques, depicts a father reverently holding his son’s Purple Heart, a military medal awarded in honor of those who have been wounded or killed in action.

To read more about story behind the sculpture and the 2011 ceremony that posthumously honored Jedh Colby Barker, a former student who named as a recipient of the Medal of Honor, visit here.