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Representatives of the Ray County veterans’ honor squad recently gathered to accept a donation from the Medicine Shoppe. Pictured, back row, from left: Jarissa Sisk, Robin Davis, Dean Richards, David Klaassen, Jack Orr, Don Louks, Elmer Snelling, Larry Brune, Bill Cain;  Second row: Larry Engler and Millard Yoakum, both seated , Debbie Wedgeworth and Rachel Yoakum. Front: American Legion Commander Mark Foley accepts a $650 check from pharmacist Jeannie Morrill. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Representatives of the Ray County veterans’ honor squad recently gathered to accept a donation from the Medicine Shoppe. Pictured, back row, from left: Jarissa Sisk, Robin Davis, Dean Richards, David Klaassen, Jack Orr, Don Louks, Elmer Snelling, Larry Brune, Bill Cain; Second row: Larry Engler and Millard Yoakum, both seated , Debbie Wedgeworth and Rachel Yoakum. Front: American Legion Commander Mark Foley accepts a $650 check from pharmacist Jeannie Morrill. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Their silver helmets not only identify the honor squad, but reflect the pride Ray Countians have for their veterans.

Now thanks to a contribution by a local businessman, veterans in the county will continue to be buried with full military honors without additional expense.

Kevin Rinne, owner of the Medicine Shoppe in Richmond, has pledged to supplement what the local American Legion and VFW posts receive from the national organizations to fund honor squad ceremonies.

“We just decided that was a good thing to do,” said Rinne, a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran who also operates pharmacies in Lexington, Higginsville and Smithville.

Rinne said he started contributing to the cost of honor squad ceremonies in Higginsville, though for much different reasons than in Ray County. Unlike the active veterans organizations in Richmond, the Legion post in Higginsville was struggling to fund operations and Rinne said he wanted to help out.

“The owner lives in Higginsville and supports this there and wanted to do the same thing in Richmond,” said American Legion Commander Mark Foley. “He’s real big on community support and giving respect to our veterans.”

 

 

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