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Crowds gather for the parade

Crowds came out to support the community's veterans and enjoy the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia. The rain that dampened streets in the morning held off for the duration of the parade.

Standing at the ready

Myron Thomas, far left, Richard Sykes, Andrew Stewart and Rob Pfeil, far right, stand in preparation for the beginning of the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia on Monday. The four men led the parade.

Greeting the crowd

Capt. Robert Gibson, a NASA astronaut, waves to the crowd during the Salute to Veterans 2009 Memorial Day parade. Despite early morning rain, the parade marched down Broadway before ending at Fifth Street.

Fallen soldier returns

An Army Corps carry team holds the transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, 34, of Joplin, Mo., during a transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Brooks was one of three soldiers killed May 21 near Baghdad from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device.

Preparing for milking

Darrell Kraus prepares equipment before milking on his dairy farm in Barnhart in mid-March. Dairy farmers across the country have seen a decline in the prices they are paid for raw milk. Some farmers are being forced to sell or destroy their herds to pay bills.

Texas slams Missouri

Texas designated hitter Cameron Rupp (3) celebrates after hitting a grand slam against Missouri in the fourth inning.

Missouri pitchers struggle

Missouri coach Tim Jamieson (9) comes out to the mound to take pitcher Phil McCormick, right, out in the fourth inning Sunday in the Big 12 baseball tournament championship game against Texas in Oklahoma City.

Greetings from the wing

Travis Akers, an in-flight technician based out of Jacksonville, Fla., greets air show attendees from the wing.

Peering out the cockpit

Air show attendees were allowed to explore the cockpit of a variety of planes.

Flying in formation

Stanley Emmeich watches an air show demonstration Sunday.

Admiring from below

Attendees at the Salute to Veterans 2009 Air Show admire a demonstration at the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday.

Floating hearts

Katy Disinger watches as the AeroShell Demonstration Planes create two hearts in the sky at the Memorial Weekend Salute to Veterans 2009 Airshow on Sunday.

A grand greeting for veterans

Bob Kennish hugs a Southwest Airlines employee during the veterans reception at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, in Washington D.C. on May 5. Kennish was part of a group of mid-Missouri veterans who went to see the World War II National Memorial.

Honoring a fallen comrade

Clete Heidbreder touches the flag of a fallen comrade at the World War II Memorial. He was part of a group of veterans from central Missouri who were flown to the capital to see the memorial. As the number of World War II veterans drops by nearly 1,000 per day, the Honor Flight Network is trying to ensure that veterans get to see the memorial.

Ready to ride

The Pedaler's Jamboree, pegged as Missouri's first bike-powered music and camping festival, kicked off Saturday morning in Columbia's Flat Branch Park. Participants could choose between a 60- or 75-mile bike ride back and forth to Boonville.

Rest stop

Kevin and Sandy Collins, who regularly participate in cross-country biking, said they were looking forward to Pedaler's Jamboree because it would be a less taxing experience than their usual rides. "It's fun to do something physical and not throw up afterward," Sandy said.

All in working order?

Nick Smith, left, and Justin Neely inspect Neely's bicycle before they embark for Boonville. The bike ride followed the Katy Trail and featured stops along the way for various live bands and entertainment.

Loading up

From left, Nick Stiles, Jared Wylan and Tom Chapline fill up the truck ready to transport Pedaler's Jamboree participants' bags and camping gear to Kemper Park in Boonville.

Kids can ride, too

From left, Cale Littrell, 6, James Rioux, 4, and Pearl Zwingle, 4, hang out at Flat Branch Park before the bikers departed for Boonville.

By the smokestacks

A participant in the Pedaler's Jamboree rides along Flat Branch Creek in Columbia. The event drew bikers young and old for the ride to Boonville's Kemper Park, where Springfield, Mo., band Big Smith was scheduled to perform as the headline attraction Saturday night.
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