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PHOTO GALLERY: MU cadets guard Boone County Veterans memorial

Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 8:02 p.m. CST; updated 11:40 a.m. CST, Friday, November 11, 2011

Future military personnel of Air Force ROTC Detachment 440 at MU rotated in one-hour shifts guarding the Boone County Veterans memorial in front of the Boone County Courthouse on Thursday in recognition of Veterans Day. Forty-eight cadets and midshipmen will continue the 24-hour vigil until 11:11 a.m. Nov. 11.

MU students with Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, cadet Cole Keeven, left, and cadet Patrick Heuer, guard the Boone County Veterans Memorial on Thursday, Nov. 10, as a part of a 24-hour vigil for Veterans Day in front of the Boone County Courthouse. Guarding started at 11:11 a.m. Thursday and will end at 11:11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.
MU students with Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, cadet Cole Keeven, left, and cadet Patrick Heuer, pass each other during their shift at a 24-hour vigil for Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 10, in front of the Boone County Courthouse. The cadets guarded the memorial for an hour.
MU student with Airforce ROTC detachment 440, cadet Patrick Heuer holds his weapon while guarding the Boone County Veterans Memorial as part of a 24-hour vigil on Thursday for Veterans Day in front of the Boone County Courthouse. Heuer, a sophmore, studies chemistry at MU.
MU students with Airforce ROTC detachment 440, cadet Patrick Heuer, left, and cadet Cole Keeven pass each other during their shift at a 24-hour vigil for Veterans Day on Thursday afternoon in front of the Boone County Courthouse. During the 24-hour vigil, there will be 48 cadets and midshipmen guarding the memorial.
Cadet Cole Keeven stands guard at the Boone County Veterans Memorial as part of 24-hour vigil on Thursday for Veterans Day in front of the Boone County Courthouse. "As future military personnel, I am proud to be able to honor those who fought before us," Keeven said.

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Michael Williams November 11, 2011 | 9:03 a.m.

I woulda been more fun if they guarded the keyhole at city hall.

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Ellis Smith November 11, 2011 | 12:52 p.m.

I'd like to thank Applebee's two restaurants in Columbia for again providing free meals to veterans on November 11th. I assure them that on future days when I have lunch out I won't forget their kindness.

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Michael Williams November 11, 2011 | 1:26 p.m.

Ellis and Appleby's

Thanks for that tidbit of info.

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mike mentor November 11, 2011 | 1:50 p.m.

@Ellis
First and foremost, Thank you for your service !!!

P.S. I think you can go to Golden Corral for dinner tonight...

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Sally Willis November 11, 2011 | 2:26 p.m.

Thank you Ellis and all the other veterans who have protected us!

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Ellis Smith November 11, 2011 | 2:26 p.m.

I still remember the kindnesses civilians showed me (and I'm not just talking about American civilians) while I was on active duty. On the other hand, at 6'-3" and only weighing 160 pounds (then, not now) I probably looked exceptionally "needy." :)

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frank christian November 11, 2011 | 2:55 p.m.

I told a guy from New Jersey how friendly the people of New York were in helping us get from Brooklyn to the base for discharge. It took 6 days and even after we figured all the subway changes out people would still come up to ask if we needed any directions. Jersey guy sez, no, they were checking you out to see if you had anything they might want to steal.

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Corey Parks November 11, 2011 | 2:58 p.m.

In case some of you fellow older veterans are not aware. Apple bee's Chili's, Hooters, Cost Cutters all give a free meal and haircut today to Veterans. On Monday Nov 14th Golden Corral will do their annual Dinner. HyVee also gave a free breakfast as did Truman's Bar and Grill. Too late for those but remember them the next time your looking for somewhere to spend money.

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