“Memorial Day is more than just a day off work.”
That was the sentiment across the Memorial Day ceremony that was held on the Perry County Courthouse steps on Monday.
“America has fought for its freedom since 1776,” Perryville Mayor Larry Riney said. “Today, we of Perryville and Perry County recognize all the soldiers from all services of the United States military. Service members have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can stand here today, and can continue to say, one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all.”
Tom Nations was the keynote speaker of the event. He is the president of the Perry County Military History Museum located on the second floor of the Higher Education building. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and was commissioned an officer in the US Army. Nations participated in Desert Storm/Gulf War before retiring from active duty as an 04/Major. Nations also serves as a board member of the Missouri Veterans Hall of Fame. Each year the board selects no more than six Missouri veterans who returned home to serve their communities in extraordinary ways. In the last three years, three Perry County veterans have been selected for the Missouri Veterans Hall of Fame.
“It’s hard to come up with something original that so many great people haven’t already talked about.” Nations said.
Nations talked about Memorial Day today and in the future for generations to come.
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