Callaway Honors Veterans

9 years 6 months 1 week ago May 28, 2007 May 28, 2007 Monday, May 28 2007 Monday, May 28, 2007 4:55:33 PM CDT in News

Monday's ceremony honored veterans of the Korean War, and more specifically the first Callaway County resident to die in Korea.

"He was the first Callaweagian to be killed in that conflict, and he was a really good guy, good man," said nephew Jerry Wallace.

Callaweagians raised a flag to remember Bill Wallace, who died June 15, 1951, just six weeks after he was deployed to Korea.

Each year, Callaway county residents use Memorial Day to honor veterans and remember those lost in a specific war. This year family, friends and others gathered at the Callaway Memorial Gardens to remember those who died in the Korean War.

"I think he would be very proud if he were here today, and I think it makes all veterans feel that they are very important to us," said Betty Mcattee, niece.

In Callaway County, Memorial Day allows people to remember local veterans, and it's a chance for them to think about all those who continue to die serving the United States.

"When I think about Memorial Day, I think about all those young men and women through the ages who have lost their lives to defend this wonderful country," said Charlotte Jones, Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.

The activities also included the dedication of Callaway Memorial Gardens' new veterans' cemetery. Callaway County veteran Jim McGee's grave is the first headstone in the new cemetery. McGee died in December.

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