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Veterans Day event planned at Bloomfield

The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will hold its annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11, 2011 at the committal shelter on the cemetery grounds, beginning at 1 p.m.Ross Gartman, president and founder of the non-profit Heroes Way Organization, will be the featured keynote speaker at this year’s observance. Gartman’s organization was founded in 2008 following the death of his friend and fellow soldier, Brad Skelton, in Baghdad, Iraq.Heroes Way was assembled to honor the sacrifice of those who have fallen in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.In 2009, the state of Missouri passed the Heroes Way Bill, formally known as the “Heroes Way Interstate Inter-change Designation Pro-gram,” which allows relatives of Missourians who died in combat during Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to ask that an interstate interchange or a section of a state highway be named in their soldier’s honor.Since opening on Sept. 29, 2003, the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield has conducted almost 1,500 interments. The interments have included individuals from W.W.II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War periods. The cemetery is the final resting place for many veterans, including former Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action or Killed in Action (MIA-KIA).The general public is invited to attend the Veterans Day observance that honors all veterans. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the cemetery at 573-568-3871.

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