Veterans Honored At Pearl Harbor Service

Alpha Media Ryan Piers

Taps played at a memorial service in Creve Coeur on the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor a trio of U.S. Marine reservists laid a wreath by the War Memorial.

They also raised the flag, and 12-year-old Brooklyn Koegel sang a beautiful version of “Hallelujah.”

All touching moments in the annual, half-hour long event. But maybe the most memorable moment, when Brigadier General Robbie Robertson, Chief of Staff with the Illinois Air National Guard, read the names of three local fallen heroes. Kristofer Walker, George Osbourn and R.J. Newton all died during the war in the Middle East.

“During our fight against terrorism, they gave one last full measure of devotion of our nation,” Robertson said.

Robertson hopes those in attendance, which included dozens of local students, will think about the service men who sacrificed themselves at Pearl Harbor, and in wars since.

“We can never forget the sacrifice of our veterans and all the support in the community that make our veterans successful,” Robertson said.

The ceremony also included a gun salute from the American Legion Post 2.




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