Community members gather to honor veterans and law enforcement

Posted on 4 July 2020 at 4:23pm
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COLUMBIA - A rally was held at the Boone County Courthouse Saturday morning in an effort to show support for veterans and law enforcement officers. 

John Martin, organizer of the rally, said this event was important because the annual Memorial Day Parade was canceled due to COVID-19. 

“We got 4th of July, you know people can gather a little more now, lets show our support for the veterans, but you know show our support for the blue,” said Martin.

This comes after Black Lives Matter rallies across the country and in Mid-Missouri have been calling to defund the police.

"We gotta have a good police force, for safety and protection," Martin said.

The rally had different speakers including Republican Rep. Sara Walsh. She was there to talk about the law enforcement license plate that went into effect in 2019.

"What we didn't have, but a lot of other states had, was one that honored our law enforcement officers," said Walsh.

Republican Rep. Chuck Bayse was also at the event to show his support.

"Law enforcement has been under attack...I think it is important to realize that our law enforcement officials and first responders are very good people and they want to do the right thing," said Bayse.

The United States Tiger Exercise Foundation, a Columbia based Non-Profit Veterans Organization, laid a wreath that honored and highlighted Missouri Black Veterans in history. The same wreath was laid at one of the memorials at the Boone County Courthouse.