May 25, 2008
This photo provided by the Buckles Family shows Frank Buckles' enlistment photo into the U.S. Army in August 1917. Frank Woodruff Buckles is the last known living American-born veteran of World War I and is being honored at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.
Frank Buckles holds his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City today. Buckles, at 107, is the last known American-born World War I veteran.
Leo Funk, left, listens to Kent Kurtz's story about playing golf with his grandson. The two men meet with several other local seniors every Monday through Friday at the Hy-Vee from 10 a.m. to noon. This picture was taken on May 20.
Ralph "Boot" Stewart listens to his friends chat during their daily coffee routine at Hy-Vee.
Kent Kurtz chat during his weekday coffee routine at Hy-Vee.
Captain William "Billy" Mitchell waves to a crowd gathered around his F-18 Hornet after performing a series of aerial stunts at the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday.
An F-18 Hornet piloted by Captain William "Billy" Mitchell performs a series of aerial stunts high above a group fixated on the jet at the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration.
Barrett Knox watches as a series of small planes perform stunts for the crowd gathered at the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration.
Spectators at the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration eagerly await the next group of planes to take to the sky Sunday. Throughout the day people would see an F-18 and even several smaller planes from the World War II era.
Sam Kesel, top, slides down an inflatable play set sponsored by the National Guard at the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. At first, Sam was hesitant to slide down, so his brother, Noah, left, and Hannah Rackers, right, helped ease him down the ride.
After being publicly honored earlier in the day, Buzz Aldrin met with the press to answer questions about his historic career at the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration.
Buzz Aldrin, famous for his historic Apollo 11 spaceflight, addressed the press during the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Aldrin explained that his ring, a crescent moon and star design, symbolizes mankind's future exploration of space.
Flight leader Frank Adams and wing men John Sledge and Chip Lamb performed aerobatics in their T-28 Trojans at the Salute to Veterans air show. To read more about the air show, click
After the Saturday program was postponed because of the weather, throngs of kids and adults gathered at the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday to enjoy an air show remembering the veterans and honoring the Armed Forces members. To read about the air show, click
May 24, 2008
Thomas Glas fires at a target during the Barricade Event of the NRA-sponsored Bianchi Cup on Friday. The competition has taken place since 1979 and includes events like the Barricade Event, Falling Plate Event, and the Moving Target Event.
A controversy has begun over whether to move the historic shotgun house from the corner of Garth and Worley to Boone Junction or Douglass Park.
Buzz Aldrin spoke with the press while waiting for the rain to pass during the Salute to Veterans 2008 Memorial Day Celebration at the Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday. Aldrin discussed topics like his Apollo 11 trip to moon and what he sees for the future of aerospace travel.
Men join together at the First Annual For the People Pow Wow, held at the Boone County Fairgrounds, to perform the Gourd Dance celebrating veterans on Saturday.
Native Americans gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds the weekend of May 24, to join together in traditional dancing and drumming at the First Annual For the People Pow Wow. Dona McKinney, event coordinator, and John Bechtold, dancer, explain how powwows, such as the one held at the fairgrounds, are important to Native Americans.