KETR Local
7:23 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Locals show support during Memorial holiday


– The Memorial Day Weekend saw a great show of support locally for those who've lost their lives serving our country.

On Sunday, an American soldier last seen nearly 60 years ago was laid to rest with full military honors in Paris. Private First Class Floyd Thurman Coker was met just days earlier by an honor guard after a plane escorted him home.

Coker died of pneumonia and starvation in a North Korean prisoner of war camp in 1951. It was not clear when or how Coker's remains were eventually identified.

Elsewhere throughout the region, residents and organizations paid their respects by attending a number of local Memorial Day services and events, plus by placing American flags throughout their communities.