Tery Donelson speaks; two cadets prepare [Photo]

From left, Navy ROTC Midshipman Kevin Mills and Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan Dudley prepare to raise the flags while Tery Donelson, assistant vice president for Columbia College's Enrollment Management, speaks at the college's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

22-year former Marine [Photo]

Ferrill Purdy attended the flag-raising ceremony on Thursday. Purdy served in the Marines for 22 years.

Patriotic refreshments served [Photo]

Patriotic refreshments were served in the Veterans Service Center following the flag-raising and ribbon-cutting at Columbia College's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

Crowd listens to college president [Photo]

The crowd listens to remarks by Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, at the college's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

Ribbon-cutting at Veterans Service Center [Photo]

From left, Dan Scotten, Bill Markgraf, Rollie Hausman, Mark Schlemper and Jolene Schulz participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Veterans Service Center at Columbia College on Thursday. Schlemper, a Navy veteran and senior at the college majoring in computer science, said he chose to attend Columbia College over MU because of its military and veteran-friendly policies.

Raising the flag [Photo]

From left, Air Force ROTC Cadet D. Neal Ethington, Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan Dudley and Naval ROTC Midshipman Kevin Mills raise the flags at Columbia College's Military Recognition Day on Thursday. Columbia College has campuses on 18 military bases.

Gas line ruptures in Howard County [Photo]

Several families near the explosion site were evacuated, but nobody was injured in the blast.

Explosion in Howard County [Photo]

The Howard County pipeline that exploded around 9 p.m. Wednesday night shot fire more than 100 feet into the air.

Meeting of the minds [Photo]

Paul Wilson, right, reviews information for a news release with Budget Director Linda Luebbering and Jack Cardetti, Gov. Jay Nixon's communications director, in Luebbering's office on April 27.

Paul Wilson [Photo]

Paul Wilson, who is Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s chief financial adviser, has worked with Nixon
leading lawyer in many high-profile cases during that time. He is responsible for oversight
stimulus money appropriated to Missouri. He received his law degree at MU in 1992.

Just there to listen [Photo]

Many people who listened from outside the concert area said the lack of seating was a big reason they didn't buy a ticket. "There's no point in buying a ticket when you can't sit," Julie Kujath said.

Waiting to see Willie [Photo]

About 15 minutes before the gates opened, the line to see Willie Nelson stretched from Ninth Street to Tenth Street.

Willie Nelson on stage [Photo]

Willie Nelson performs at Ninth Street and Broadway as part of the Blue Note's Summerfest Series. Nelson opened with "Whiskey River."

Nelson fans listen outside the gate [Photo]

Lots of people opted to listen to the concert from right outside the gate. "You can't stop the sound," said Bob Woolf.

Listening from behind the stage [Photo]

Crowds gathered just behind the stage at Ninth and Broadway to listen to Willie Nelson perform on Wednesday. "I've seen Willie before. He's right here. You can't stop the sound," Bob Woolf said.

Teammates greet Missouri's Steve Gray after home run [Photo]

Missouri's Steve Gray, center, gets high-fives from his teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Big 12 tournament opener against Texas A&M.

Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson thows at 2009 Big 12 tournament [Photo]

Missouri's Kyle Gibson pitches against Texas A&M on Wednesday in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

Putting it together [Photo]

A lot of parts go together to make up a stage.

The stage comes together [Photo]

Crews for Willie Nelson and The Blue Note worked throughout the day to put the stage together. The concert area is on North Ninth Street from Broadway to Walnut. Gates will open at 6 p.m. As of noon, tickets were still on sale.

All part of the show [Photo]

Sound equipment is a crucial part of the setup.