Missouri Veterans Celebrate Independence Day

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MEXICO - Friday marks the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

Residents at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico spent the day celebrated with food, music, and loved ones.

"The best part? Family, family and friends and everybody getting together," said Frank "Shorty" Kramer. "It's good times, a good time in life."

Administrators at the veterans home organized an outdoor celebration for the residents and their families. A band played and fireworks lit up the evening sky. 

"It's just nice to get out," said Robert Poage Sr., a 96-year-old World War II veteran. 

"Shorty" Kramer, a U.S. Navy veteran, also served in World War II. He said he has always celebrated Independence Day and he appreciates our country's history behind it. 

"The fourth of July has always been a celebrated day," Kramer said. "The British found that out when they came and tried to take over the colonies. Cornwallis and all of his people found out they couldn't push us too far."

Aside from the family celebrations and the history behind the holiday, some veterans said they took time to remember the men and women who served before and after them. 

"None of us wanted to get killed and no body wanted to kill anybody, I didn't," Kramer said. "I know some of my planes and shells had an affect in the war and I'm good with that."

Kramer also said he would serve all over again if he was asked to.