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The Carthage Press
  • Military community honors fallen veterans on Saturday

  • Bitter cold did not hinder the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday.
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  • Bitter cold did not hinder the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday.
    Hearts were quite warm for the lost but not forgotten veterans of all branches for all generations.
    In its third year in the Park Cemetery in Carthage, the ceremony was conducted by Rocky Artym, leader of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of Joplin.
    This honoring ceremony is conducted at the same time as all ceremonies across the Untied States. Artym's daughter, Candice, an HM2 for the Navy and 2003 Carthage High School graduate, was one of the participating veterans during the ceremony.
    “I try to come out for all military services,” said retired Airman Bill Cummins. “I appreciate all those who serve.”
    The Webb City ROTC presented the colors and William Haineline played Taps. Jim Quist, chaplain with Mt. Moriah Methodist Church, spoke during the ceremony.
    For more information about Wreathes Across America, visit www.wreathesacrossamerica.org.
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