Kennett's Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts paid tribute to the nation's veterans on Friday by placing American flags at the graves of veterans in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Among the Boy Scouts were, from left, Bond Rouse, Drew Chitester and Matthew Figgins. Boy Scouts began the Memorial Day holiday locally with their tribute. Memorial Day is a time set aside to honor the bravery, courage and sacrifice of America's veterans. Tributes to men and women in the military - past and present - were held throughout the nation this Memorial Day Weekend. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday began following the Civil War as a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. A Memorial Day Service will be hosted by VFW Post 5443 at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Courthouse Square in Kennett. Guest speaker will be State Rep. Terry Swinger and tribute will be given to to those from Dunklin County who gave their lives in military service.
Photo by Annabeth Miller