following the Salute to Veterans Parade a Military Ceremony is held at the Veterans'
Memorials at the Boone County Courthouse in downtown Columbia, Missouri. The Columbia
Community Band plays, the Honored Guests on the platform are introduced to the crowds,
along with veterans of WWII and military recruiters. 50 wreaths have been placed at the
Memorials to the Veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. A speech on the
meaning of Memorial Day will be given by the ranking military officer Honored Guest,
followed by Amazing Grace by the Boone County Fire Protection District
Bagpipers, a 21-Gun Salute by the VFW and then Echo Taps will bring to an end the 6-day
Salute to Veterans Celebration.