All veterans, past, present and future, were honored with the playing of “Taps” on North Market Street in Liberty on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020.

Hosted by Air Force veterans John and Connie Powers, the 5 p.m. remembrance was attended by a small gathering of family and friends.

Air Force veterans John and Connie Powers are very patriotic, especially when it comes to honoring the military. The porch of the Powers family home is gaily decorated with five American flags. And this year on Memorial Day the couple added the playing of “Taps” by grandson, Ethan Powers. The Powers tradition continued on Veterans Day when 15-year-old Ethan and his trumpet played “Taps” at 5 p.m.

“We put the flags out each year on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day,” Connie said.

“And this year we added “Taps”,” John said.

John and Connie met in the military at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, married and found their way back to Union County to raise a family and continue to serve. John has been one of seven riflemen in local military programs and funerals for nearly five years.

“We enjoyed the military,” Connie said. “We’re very patriotic.”