Armistice Day, also known as Veterans Day, will be celebrated across the country on Monday. Missouri Veterans Commission Spokesperson Daniel Bell said November 11th is a time to honor those who fought for our nation. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Bell:
According to the Veterans Administration, there are more than 497,000 prior military service members in Missouri, which makes the Show-Me State the 15th largest in the nation in terms of the veteran population. Bell said, of the living veteran population in Missouri, about five percent served in World War Two, ten percent fought in Korea, 34 percent were sent to Vietnam, 25 percent served during peace time, and 26 percent are Gulf War veterans.
Press Release from the Missouri Veterans Commission
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Veterans Commission asks all Missourians on Veterans Day to thank and honor Veterans and Active Duty Military for their service and sacrifice to our nation.
Veterans Day is a day to celebrate those who gave and sacrificed to protect our freedoms, our people, our country, and our way of life. Remember those who stood in harm’s way for freedom is never free and their dedication and sacrifice should never be forgotten.
On November 11, the Missouri Veterans Commission encourages you to participate in your local community’s Veterans Day events. Make a difference in the life of a Veteran and show them you appreciate their service.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who gave of their time and lives so we could live free. Veterans Day honors Veterans, Active Duty military, and their families by remembering what they did and what they stood for,” 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 www.mvc.dps.mo.gov, or facebook.com/MissouriVeteransCommission.