Missouri Veterans Commission News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2018
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Veterans Commission invites the public to attend Memorial Day ceremonies at five State Veterans Cemeteries – Bloomfield, Fort Leonard Wood, Higginsville, Jacksonville, and Springfield on May 28.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so we could live free. We encourage the public to attend and help honor those who served by not forgetting, by remembering what they did and what they stood for,” said Grace Link, Executive Director of the commission.
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was established as a day for Americans to honor those who were killed during the Civil War. It was not until after World War I that Memorial Day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971 and was placed on the last Monday in May.
The events and times are as follows:Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery 17357 Stars and Stripes Way
Bloomfield MO 63825
573-568-3871 Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm.
Higginsville Veterans Cemetery 20109 Business Hwy. 13
Higginsville MO 64037
660-584-5252 Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm.
Fort Leonard Wood Veterans Cemetery 25350 Highway H Waynesville, MO 65583 573-774-3496 Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery 1479 County Road 1675
Jacksonville MO 65260
Phone: 660-295-4237 Ceremony begins at 9:00 am.
Springfield Veterans Cemetery 5201 South Southwood
Springfield MO 65804
Phone: 417-823-3944 Ceremony begins at 1:30 pm.
The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven State Veterans Homes, six State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri’s Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms. For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 or access the Missouri Veterans Commission webpage at www.mvc.dps.mo.gov.
For more information, call 573-522-1421 or e-mail Daniel.Bell@mvc.dps.mo.gov