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Posted on: November 13, 2018

PHOTOS: Exactly 100 years later - Harrisonville, Cass County gather to honor veterans of WWI

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On Sunday, November 11, the bell of the Cass County Courthouse chimed 21 times to mark the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end World War I.

The day began with a ceremony held at the Beck Event Space, where organizers and elected officials spoke to the meaning of the event, the value of Harrisonville and Cass County’s efforts in the war and paid tribute to the veterans who attended the event.

Sun blanketed the Historic Harrisonville Square as those gathered to honor the lives of those from Harrisonville and Cass County who fought and died during the war, witnessed the unveiling of a monument bearing the names of each man who fell.

Here are a series of photos capturing the honor and beauty of the event.

(Photos taken by Scott Beck)
                                                                                                                                                  

Two American flags on a table.

Podium donned with an American Flag at the Beck Event Space.

Andrea Murphy of Serenity Care Hospice welcomes those in attendance.
(Andrea Murphy of Serenity Hospice Care welcomed guests to the 2018 Veterans Day ceremony.)
Lee's Summit Composite Squadron Detachment 1 carrying the colors.

Posting of the colors by Lee's Summit Composite Squadron Detachment 1.

Donna Pfautsch of the Missouri House of Representatives (District 33) speaks during the event.
(Missouri House of Representatives member (District 33) Donna Pfautsch speaks during the ceremony.)
Harrisonville Mayor Brian Hasek speaks during the event.
(Harrisonville Mayor Brian Hasek speaks during the event.)

(Veterans in attendance stand to be honored during the ceremony.)
Veterans in attendance stood and were honored by those gathered at the ceremony.

Veterans in attendance stood and were honored by those gathered at the ceremony.

Veterans in attendance stood and were honored by those gathered at the ceremony.

Veterans in attendance stood and were honored by those gathered at the ceremony.

Veterans in attendance stood and were honored by those gathered at the ceremony.

Veterans in attendance stood and were honored by those gathered at the ceremony.

Ed Emery of the Missouri Senate reads a proclamation after being introduced by Cass County Historical Society Research Archivist Florence Phillips.
(Missouri State Senator Ed Emery reads a proclamation after being introduced by Cass County Historical Society Research Archivist Florence Phillips.)
Private First Class Austin Ford and Private First Class Jacob Pavilica of the US Army place a wreath near the dough boy statue on the Historic Harrisonville Square.
(US Army PFCs Austin Ford and Jacob Pavlica place a wreath near the dough boy statue on the Historic Harrisonville Square.)
The United States National Anthem is performed by Milissa Regan of Serenity Care Hospice.
(The United States National Anthem is performed by Milissa Regan of Serenity Care Hospice.)
The Harrisonville VFW Post 4409 and American Legion Post 42 post the colors in the southwest corner of the Historic Harrisonville Square.

A 21-gun salute is performed by the honor guard.

Taps is performed by a bugler during the ceremony on the Historic Harrisonville Square.

Harrisonville resident and veteran John Foster issues dedication for new World War I casualty monument.
(The Cass County WWI casualty monument is dedicated by Harrisonville resident and veteran John Foster.)
The new WWI casualty monument on the Historic Harrisonville Square.