“Memorial Day is to honor those who’ve fallen, and Veteran’s Day is for all veterans,” he said. “But sometimes we forget all the soldiers who were common farmers who helped free us from tyranny.”
“I truly feel indebted to you guys,” he said to the veterans gathered at the ceremony. “You went and did what you did so that we wouldn’t have to.”
Morgan became choked up as he recited, “Ragged Old Flag,” made famous by singer Johnny Cash.
“She’s getting threadbare and she’s wearing thin,
But, she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in,
Because she’s been through the fire before,
I believe she can take a whole lot more.”
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The Fourth of July Family Jamboree will continue all day Friday at the Jimmy Jones Shelter in Ottumwa Park. Noon: Raydio Flyer 1 p.m.: Double Dose 2 p.m.: Gary Fisher & Co. 3 p.m.: Fine Line Bluegrass 4 p.m.: Double Dose 5 p.m.: Raydio Flyer 6 p.m.: Bluegrass Blondies 7 p.m.: Sleepy Hollow 9 p.m.: Gary Fisher & Co.