Memorial Day rock climbing

Molly Winkelmeyer belays while Bethany Lindeman climbs a rock face at Capen Park on Monday. This was their first time climbing this season, and they shared their time with friends from their church, the Evangelical Free Church Of Columbia. The warm Memorial Day air was a boon to fans of outdoor activities, and people across Columbia spent their day exercising and playing.

Fingar funeral procession

Funeral services for Specialist Jason Fingar were held on Memorial Day in Memorial Park Cemetery after a church service at the Salvation Army Columbia Corps and Worship Center. Fingar died in Afghanistan after his armored vehicle was struck with a bomb on May 22.

Fingar funeral mother

Specialist Jason Fingar's mother Rhonda Fingar is presented with the American flag that covered her son's, casket as hundreds of people pay their respects to the fallen soldier.

Fingar funeral casket

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

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

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

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.

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Screaming Eagles parachute demonstration team

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

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

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

Saying goodbye to Unitarian Universalist pastor

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

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

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

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

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.

Veterans share stories with friends

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

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

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

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.