COLUMBIA — It’s an intriguing dance, but with rigid movement. Two men in uniform, rifles rested upon their shoulders, take six parallel steps and stop. A sharp spin on the heel has them about-face, and with a hastened nod they uniformly lower their rifles and switch shoulders. The motions continue in a perfect square, and the dance goes on.
In honor of Veterans Day, members of the ROTC programs at MU perform this vigil in front of the Boone County Courthouse. Beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday and ending at 11 a.m. Wednesday, a two-person detail will march in front of the Boone County War memorials as volunteers read the names of local veterans aloud.
The Columbia community is recognizing the holiday in many ways, including a parade down Eighth Street and a ceremony at the Boone County Court House at the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, in honor of the end of World War I.
On Tuesday, members of the Mizzou Student Veterans Association worked with the Veterans Association of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital to put on a household goods drive. They collected monetary and goods donations in front of the Walmart on West Broadway, and provided a pick-up service for larger items. The collections were made in support of the Housing Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, which provides services for homeless veterans.
One traditional event special to MU is the Veterans Day Celebration sponsored by the Student Union Programming Board. At noon Wednesday, watch the wreath-laying ceremony under the Memorial Tower at Memorial Union. The tower was built in 1922 in honor of the MU faculty, staff and students who died in World War I.
With a variety of ceremonies for all ages, it’s a day of honor, a chance to observe and remember.