Travis Miller audio [Audio]

Local biologist collects dead gull [Photo]

Local biologist Rick Hansen collects a dead oiled laughing gull. "I put the bird in the paper sack and provided the documentation for our report," he said.

Biologists look for oiled pelicans [Photo]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists check a nesting area for oiled pelicans in Mangrove Island, La. BP installed this red boom tube to prevent additional oil from washing up on the shore of the island.

Veterans Day Parade Begins [Photo]

The Veterans Day parade begins as members of the Army and Navy leave the starting point at the MU Columns on Thursday.

MU veteran shows off artwork to fellow veterans [Photo]

MU veteran Michael Fiscella, speaks with fellow MU veterans Adam Chmielik, Nick Kundert and Tony Olson about his ceramic tank that he made in ceramics class. Fiscella also had a series of black and white photography prints from a trip he took to Washington D.C. on display.

MU veteran views his artwork [Photo]

MU veteran Aaron Schaal, steps into the Craft Studio art gallery inside Memorial Union to check on his work that is on display on Thursday. One of Schaal's works, titled "The Last Patrol" depicts a scene from his last patrol before he left Iraq. Schaal said that he fired an illumination round into the sky and that image was burned into his mind.

Don Briggs' Audio [Audio]

Karl Spry's Audio [Audio]

First Lieutenant Travis Miller [Photo]

First Lt. Travis Miller and his daughter Vivien Miller, 1, attended the free Veterans Day breakfast at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280 on Thursday. Miller returned from a tour in Afghanistan six weeks ago. He is currently a member of the Missouri Army National Guard and has served since 2002.

Don Briggs [Photo]

Don Briggs served in the Army from 1958-1979, including two tours in Vietnam. He spent five years stationed in Germany and also spent time in France, Italy, the Dominican Republic and Panama.

Karl Spry [Photo]

Karl Spry, an Army and Army Reserves veteran, served in the military from 1970-2009. He was an active-duty Army soldier for the first six years of his career and has been in the reserves since 1976. Spry was a food inspector during the First Gulf War and was stationed in Europe during the '90s.

Nancy Suthoff at Veterans Day ceremony [Photo]

Nancy Suthoff listens to a speech given by featured speaker Michael Wilson at a Veterans Day ceremony at Truman Veterans Hospital on Thursday. Suthoff said the event hit close to home, as her father was a World War II veteran who died last week.

Frederick M. Wilson [Photo]

Frederick M. Wilson speaks at a Veterans Day ceremony at Truman Veterans Hospital on Thursday. Wilson is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Missouri Air National Guard and serves as the medical director of the Truman VA Community Living Center.

Taylor Yeagle [Photo]

Taylor Yeagle of Rock Bridge High School, honorable mention in the Veterans Day contest

Courtney Engle [Photo]

Courtney Engle of Rock Bridge High School, first place winner in the Veterans Day contest

David Maddox [Photo]

David Maddox of Rock Bridge High School, second place winner in the Veterans Day contest

Katherine Woodruff [Photo]

Katherine Woodruff of Rock Bridge High School, third place winner in the Veterans Day contest

Essay contest award recipients [Photo]

Veterans Day essay contest winners, from left, are Teresa Jacobs, Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, Melanie Tucker, Isabelle Mitchell, Megan Kelly, Isabelle Bouchard, and Frederick M. Wilson at the Veterans Day ceremony Thursday.

Veterans gather for quilts [Photo]

People gather in the Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital to participate in the Missouri River Quilt Guild’s project that donates quilts to veterans. Several guilds worked together to make and donate the quilts.

Isabelle Bouchard [Photo]

Isabelle Bouchard of Jefferson Junior High School, first place winner in the Veterans Day contest