By Russ Green/Richmond News
A good-sized crowd made its way to the east side of the Ray County Courthouse Monday morning for the Veterans Day celebration hosted by the American Legion Post 237 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4398.
Commander Donald Louks served as the master of ceremonies on a cool, but sunny late morning. After welcoming those who attended, Louks presented the 1135th Combat Engineer Battalion of the Missouri National Guard for the posting of the colors, followed by the National Anthem performed by Elise Pointer.
Richmond grade school students Zoe Spangler, Colby Stigall, Briar Grieme, Mackenna Franklin and Tyler Pyle then led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the invocation given by Chaplain William Cain.
The Sunrise Elementary School fifth-grade choir, directed by Sandy Cazzell, sang “Grateful Nation,” and performed a Patriotic Melody.
Larry Brune, commander of the VFW Post 4398, issued his welcoming remarks and thanked all those who had volunteered their services for the Armed Forces. Mary Rauber of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 237 read the poem “They did Their Share,” by Joanna Fuchs.