Fingar funeral casket [Photo]

Family and friends of Specialist Jason Fingar placed roses and American flags on his casket to show their respect for the sacrifice Fingar made to his country.

Walking to beat childhood obesity [Photo]

Missouri Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond leads a group of students to West Boulevard Elementary School in April 2009 as part of the Walking School Bus program. It is one of several programs through the Columbia School District to emphasize physical fitness and to fight childhood obesity. From left are William Crum, 6; Taurean Knedler, 6; Bond; and Silvia Aguila, 9.

Professor joins economic policy group [Photo]

Michael Podgursky, third from right, poses with members of the George W. Bush Institution. From left are James Glassman, head of the George W. Bush Institute; Sandy Kress; Beth Ann Bryan; James Guthrie; former President George W. Bush; Podgursky; Matt Springer; and Jay Greene

Researching education policy [Photo]

Michael Podgursky, an economics professor at MU, was recently appointed to the George W. Bush Institution. The institution is a research facility that focuses on public policy problems. "I originally got into economics because of the Vietnam War and wanted to focus on international economic relations as an angle," he said. Podgursky was chosen along with two other professors to do research on education policy.

Margret Ann Rogers [Photo]

Screaming Eagles parachute demonstration team [Photo]

Members of the Screaming Eagles parachute demonstration team landed on Broadway on May 31 to kickoff this year's 22nd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade.

Even dogs have American pride [Photo]

It felt like 87 degrees Fahrenheit as Columbia residents and pets gathered on the Broadway asphalt on May 31 to watch the 22nd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade.

Memorial Day Parade [Photo]

Kaden and Mickey Zacarias watch the 22nd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade Memorial Day morning on Broadway.

Saying goodbye to Unitarian Universalist pastor [Photo]

The Rev. Bill Haney of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbia is show with a puppet fashioned in his likeness. The puppet, made by church member Nancy Spaeder, was featured in a skit during Haney's farewell ceremony on Sunday. Haney has been the pastor of the congregation for 21 years.

Missouri softball team displays Super Regional trophy [Photo]

MU freshman Nicole Hudson, left, holds the Regional Trophy with sophomore Kristin Nottelmann, right, at the Super Regional after beating Oregon 7-2 on Sunday. Nicole Hudson got her 10th home run of the season in the sixth inning.

Missouri wins Super Regional in softball [Photo]

MU junior Rhea Taylor hugs Sophomore Ashley Fleming after Missouri beat Oregon 7-2 on Sunday. Fleming hit two doubles bringing in two runners. Missouri won the Super Regional, which qualifies them to play at the Women's College World Series.

Keeping her eye on the strike zone [Photo]

MU junior Catherine Lee watches the Oregon pitcher throw a ball at University Field on Sunday. Missouri beat Oregon 7-2.

Missouri beats Oregon in softball [Photo]

MU Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann pitched against the Oregon Ducks at University field on Sunday. It was Nottelmann's fourth consecutive game pitching alone. Missouri beat Oregon 7-2.

Aquatic center opens early for holiday weekend [Slideshow]

The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center opened its doors Saturday through Monday to allow families to spend part of their Memorial Day weekend at the pool. The pool will close again Tuesday and reopen for the season with the city’s other three outdoor pools on Saturday.

Veterans share stories with friends [Photo]

Mark Kvamme, Skip Roden, Martin Fox, Karl House and David Steinmeyer share stories during a barbecue Friday put on by Welcome Home Shelter for veterans and their friends.

Veterans share barbecue dinner [Photo]

Martin Fox, who was in the Navy from 1976 to 1983, and and Leon S., (who would not give his last name), who was in the Army in 1971, dish up food during a barbecue put on by Welcome Home Shelter. It was at the home of Billy Sword on Friday. Welcome Home is an organization that runs a temporary housing facility for formerly homeless veterans, some of whom attended this barbecue, held in recognition of the upcoming Memorial Day.

Welcome Home Shelter looks for help for new location [Photo]

Martin Fox's hat is decorated with patches identifying his status as a veteran of the Navy, in which he served from 1976 to 1983. Fox is one of 10 veterans who currently live in the Welcome Home Shelter, located near downtown Columbia, which helps homeless veterans find proper housing.

Hickman runner Marcus Whitt [Photo]

Hickman's Marcus Whitt rounds a bend in the 4x200-meter relay at Saturday's state track and field meet in Jefferson City. The Kewpies placed sixth n the event.

Rock Bridge runner Caleb Wilfong [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore distance runner Caleb Wilfong stumbles as he leans across the finish line in the boys 1600 meters Saturday at the Class 4 state track and field championships in Jefferson City. Wilfong finished fourth for the Bruins in the event.

Bianchi Cup competitor Craig Ginger [Photo]

Craig Ginger of the Australian team lines up a shot Saturday at the Bianchi Cup shooting competition in Hallsville.