Charlie 22 Outdoors hosts Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery

WEBB CITY, Mo. — For the first time since COVID, a local organization is paying tribute to the more than 1,100 veterans at rest in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Charlie 22 Outdoors, a Webb City-based organization helping veterans with PTSD, hosted a Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the cemetery’s open-air pavilion. The gathering paid tribute to the 1,100 veterans, representing all branches of the military, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

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Webb City Mayor, Lynn Ragsdale, offered opening remarks, while the Webb City High School Junior ROTC program presented the colors. Retired United States Army Colonel, Mark Costello, was Monday’s featured guest speaker.

“You can’t describe the importance of this day in a sentence or two. But it’s about remembering honoring those that died for what we’re doing, for what we’re doing today, and we’re doing the rest of the week and rest of our lives. So, you really can’t put into words these days about — but it’s about trying to honor them for the death for us,” said Scott Hettinger, Charlie 22 Outdoors Director.

“It’s quite personal — because having been injured in Iraq and my son being injured in Afghanistan. We both…we both understand the difference between being a veteran. Veterans Day and Memorial Day and having lost friends and folks in combat. And my son also losing friends in combat. We just understand that this day has got to be remembered,” said Mark Costello, Retired U.S. Army Colonel.

The ceremony wrapped up with the playing of Taps.

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