Pallottine Renewal Center Joins in Memorial Day Service to Honor Patriots Buried in Neighboring Historic Cold Water Cemetery
L-R: Neighbors of the historic Cold Water Cemetery at the May 25 Memorial Day Service: farm owner Larry Hammer, Susan Bailey Russ, master of ceremony; and Marillyn Webb, executive director of Pallottine Renewal Center.
The Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (MSSDAR) honored the patriots and veterans interred in the historic Cold Water Cemetery in Florissant, Missouri, spanning nine wars from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. More than 50 people came to honor the 31 veterans buried at the cemetery, the oldest cemetery west of the Mississippi.
This year, Pallottine Renewal Center, Cold Water Cemetery’s proud next-door neighbor, was represented by the center’s new executive director, Marillyn Webb. Larry Hammer, owner of the farm bordering Pallottine and the cemetery, was there as well. It was a profound way for the center to connect to neighbor, community and country.
Susan Bailey Russ, MSSDAR Cold Water Cemetery State Chair, was the master of ceremony and James R. Mueller, Commander-in-Chief 2005-2006 VFW, was the guest speaker.
The program was made possible by the many veterans, groups and organizations that were represented and supported the event. Beginning with the traditional flag service, pledge of allegiance and the national anthem closing with a 21 gun salute and the retiring of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 939.
Memorial wreaths were laid and roses were placed on the graves of the deceased family members of the DAR by the Children of the American Revolution.
“It was an honor to represent Pallottine and honor so many that fought for our freedom covering so many years,” Webb says. “It was truly an awe inspiring and touching event.”
Pictured: Retiring of the Colors by Boy Scout Troop 939; Susan Russ with guest speaker James R. Mueller, Commander-in-Chief 2005-2006 VFW; 21 Gun Salute.