Veterans honored at Jefferson City cemetery, city looks to create another

2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Monday, May 28 2018 May 28, 2018 Monday, May 28, 2018 2:17:00 PM CDT May 28, 2018 in News
By: Monica Madden, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds visited the Jefferson City National Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor 150 Missouri veterans who died within the last year.

The cemetery is now completely full and veteran groups, along with city officials, are petitioning the federal government for a second one.

"Having that here centrally in central Missouri in the capital city is very important," said Mayor Carrie Tergin. "It's important for respect, so we can show respect to our veterans for all they have given to each of us for this country." 

Tergin said the turnout of veterans on Monday shows how involved they are in the community and the importance of dedicating a final resting place for them.

Jefferson City High School's new football coach, Air Force veteran Terry Walker, was the keynote speaker, and said he wanted the audience to understand why people choose to serve, and how important it is to honor them on Memorial Day.

"It gives us an opportunity to stop and reflect about the sacrifices that so few have made for so many," he said. 

Walker said having another national cemetery for veterans in Jefferson City is essential so mid-Missouri families can pay their respects without having to drive for extended periods of time.

In order to build a new cemetery, the city has to get approval from the Department of Veteran Affairs, which can be a lengthy process. 

Tergin said, "I think right now it's more in the exploratory phase of what it would take to get one here and showing the support in the community and writing the letters." 

She said the VA considers factors like population and city size before approving a new national cemetery. The VA's current policy is to build where "the unserved Veteran population is 80,000 or more within a 75-mile radius." 

The current national cemetery was designated in 1876.

More News

Grid
List
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A 48-year-old Missouri man who stabbed his wife to death while their three children hid in... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 10:12:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway patrol says a 33-year-old man died after he was thrown from a... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 7:45:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - The Moberly Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Break Time convenience store on U.S. Highway... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 7:35:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
TUSCUMBIA (AP) — The trial of a 59-year-old man facing a capital murder charge in the 1984 death of a... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 4:23:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ninety-one people have died in impaired driving accidents so far in 2018. The Missouri Coalition for... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00:00 AM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - A severe thunderstorm brought half-dollar sized hail and hundreds of power outages to Randolph County Thursday evening. ... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three Indiana men involved in the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy were indicted Thursday by a... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:32:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Public Transit Advisory Commission (PTAC) is pushing back over proposed budget cuts to the city's public transit... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Missouri candidate who recently claimed a surprise victory in the Republican primary for state auditor is now... More >>
17 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:21:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Audrain County Sheriff's Office says the widely-circulated story of a dog found with taped legs... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 5:21:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged a Columbia man with murder Thursday, two months after deputies found a woman dead in a... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:16:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
TUSCUMBIA - A convicted murderer charged with the killing of an Eldon girl in 1984 got a change of venue... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:57:13 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
SEDALIA - Gov. Mike Parson, lawmakers and agriculture experts talked to Missouri farmers at the State Fair Thursdsay, to assure... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:54:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are searching for the man pictured above, saying he is a suspect in a Thursday morning... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:50:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - An invasive beetle has spread to 11 new counties in Missouri. The emerald ash borer kills more than... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:27:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri announcement a financial windfall Thursday that will help feed hundreds... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri candidate who recently claimed a surprise victory in the Republican primary for state... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:05:00 PM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit Thursday against a St. Louis housing complex where reported... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 16 2018 Aug 16, 2018 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:57:00 AM CDT August 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
1pm 84°
2pm 85°
3pm 86°
4pm 86°