PHOTO GALLERY: 24-hour Columbia vigil honors veterans

Sunday, November 10, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Volunteer cadets and midshipmen from the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC took shifts marching in a vigil of honor on Saturday. The one-hour shifts ran over a 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday.

In honor of Veterans Day, volunteer guards are marching around the bricks in front of the Boone County war memorials at the courthouse. The 24-hour vigil started at 2:15 p.m. Saturday and will end at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

The vigil is a joint service of volunteer cadets and midshipmen from the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC. The guards walk 24 paces, turn and walk eight paces, turn to face each other, switch rifles to the outside arm, then repeat.

A list of veterans' names was also being read during the vigil.

"It's the least we can do," Army ROTC member Mitch Brown said. "They paid the ultimate price serving, and this is our way to thank them."

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