November 08, 2012

Missouri Veterans Commission Encourages Citizens to Participate in and Remember the Importance of Veterans Day

Often overshadowed by Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a day to honor all Veterans, living and deceased, and to celebrate their dedication in protecting our freedoms, our people, our country, and our way of life through parades, ceremonies, and observing moments of silence. The Missouri Veterans Commission asks you to remember those who stood in harm's way, willing to serve and sacrifice for us, the nation, and the world.  Freedom is never free and we owe more than we can repay to those who defend us.
Take a moment on November 11 to thank a Veteran, thank a Blue Star or Gold Star family for what they and their loved ones have done and are doing and the sacrifices they have made.  Participate in your local community's Veterans Day events. Visit or volunteer at a State Veterans Home or a Veterans Affairs Hospital. Make a difference in the life of a Veteran and show them you appreciate their service.
"Veterans Day brings increased focus and attention on our Veterans, who deserve this recognition, but the pledge to honor and serve our Veterans for their dedication and sacrifice to protect our freedoms should not be for a single day, but year round. Every day should be Veterans Day," said Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Larry D. Kay.
The Missouri Veterans Commission, a state agency, operates seven State Veterans Homes, five State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program.  The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri's Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms.  For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779, online at, or


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