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Memorial Day events across the area honor those who made ultimate sacrifice

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Members of VFW Post 805 in O'Fallon Illinois take part in a Memorial Day ceremony at the City of O'Fallon Cemetery on May 28, 2018. (Credit: KMOV) Members of VFW Post 805 in O'Fallon Illinois take part in a Memorial Day ceremony at the City of O'Fallon Cemetery on May 28, 2018. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

People on both sides of the river are stopping to remember service men and women who gave their lives for their country.

The largest ceremony in the city took place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery early Monday in South County. There was a large turnout for the ceremony which included speeches and music, as well as a flyover from a WWII-era plane.

The Memorial Day service in St. Charles County included patriotic music and armed service songs from each branch of the military.

The event was moved indoors because of the excessive heat.

The names of all veterans who lived in St. Charles County and who died in the past year were read off before a wreath-laying ceremony.

It's estimated 30-thousand veterans live in the county.

"We have a lot of young people who are members of some of our service organizations," said George Newell with the St. Charles County Veterans Committee. "That shows me we have a lot of participation."

Members of the American Legion Post 312 finished the memorial day ceremony with a 21-gun salute.

Another local ceremony took place at the City of O’Fallon, Illinois cemetery Monday morning. The event was organized by members of VFW Post 805 with a speech by VFW Illinois State Commander Jeff Hastings.

A ceremony in Belleville is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Carmel Cemetery just off of Highway 161.

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