Thursday, May 16, 2013
More than 100 American flags have been erected for memorial services this weekend at the Missouri Firefighters Memorial at Kingdom City.
On Saturday at dusk, about 9 p.m., the annual Candlelight Ceremony will honor two local firefighters who died during 2012. They are Fulton firefighter Capt. Ralph Hockemeyer and former Central Callaway firefighter Francis Owen McVeigh.
The annual statewide Memorial Service will start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the memorial.
Carved in several marble walls at the memorial are the names of Missouri firefighters who were fatally injured while fighting fires. The memorial also includes the names of Missouri firemen who died with more than 10 years of service as firemen.
Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer said five names of deceased local firemen with more than 10 years of service as a fireman will be added to the walls at the statewide memorial on Sunday.
Kritzer said local firemen to be honored in addition to Hockemeyer and McVeigh are Capt. George “Plum” Farris, Assistant Chief Emmett “Mutt” Fleming, and Emmett F. Payne Sr.
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