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    Members of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the Revolution gathered earlier this month for a grave marking ceremony at the gravesite of Revolutionary War Veteran and Missouri’s first Speaker of the House James Caldwell.

      She might have served five years, six months and 14 days in the military, but they could arguably be the most influential of her life. Through them, said Farmington resident Pattie Smith, 69, she learned a vocation, traveled the country, met her husband of 45 years, Dennis … and “grew up.”

        Nearly 40 years of Ernie Cook’s life have been dedicated to serving his country, and Cook said if there were another war and he was able to, he would join again.

        Every military veteran has their own story to tell. Some grew up with a dream of joining up when they were old enough to enlist, others ended up serving their country because they received a low draft number or needed a steady job to provide for their family. Not every veteran sees combat or…

        He was a devoted patriot, dearly loved his country and was always happy. In fact, Melvin “Mel” Lee Brinkley Jr.’s mother Lola Ruth nicknamed her son “Sonny” because he was such a happy baby.

        The attacks on the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, deeply impacted Ryan Klaus. He had visited the twin towers two years before the attacks. When he saw the events unfold live on TV, that made him want to take action.

        Veterans laid to rest in Farmington's Masonic Cemetery South were memorialized in a special ceremony held Dec. 18, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

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        Veterans representing Farmington VFW Post 5896, American Legion 416 and Disabled American Veterans joined the Farmington High School Air Force Junior ROTC in its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony held Nov. 3 at Veterans Park.

        Editor's Note: The nephew of the German soldier who shared this story with the author is Frank Voertmann, a long-time Farmington resident. Voertmann was born and raised in Webster Groves. He moved his family to Farmington in 1964, and was a self-employed business owner in the area for many y…

        As Veterans Day approached, Norman L. Rigdon VFW Post 5896 had a message for all veterans taken straight from the words of "Uncle Sam" on recruitment posters through the years — "I Want You."

        The U.S. is the land of the free and home of the brave because of the many soldiers who have selflessly served their country and sacrificed so much.

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