SHS grad will speak at Veterans Day ceremony

Saturday, November 8, 2014

SIKESTON -- A Sikeston High School graduate and Marine Corps captain will be the featured speaker at Tuesday's community Veterans Day Ceremony.

Capt. Sam Burke, who is serving as an S-4 logistics officer with the Security Battalion at Marine Corps Base Quantico, will address students and the public at the ceremony, which begins at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Sikeston Field House.

The program will start with the posting of the colors by the Sikeston National Guard followed by the national anthem performed by the Sikeston High School band, choir and orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Ed Cowan, a U.S. Army veteran. Shawn Goodman, a member of American Legion Post 114, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rev. John Neeley, pastor of the Tanner Street Church of God, will give a "Prayer of Remembrance."

Following the welcome by Blair Moran, chaplain of American Legion Post 114, Steve Taylor, chairman of the Veterans Park Committee, will speak. Burke will be introduced by Lanie Black, a U.S. Navy veteran, and State Rep. Holly Rehder will make a presentation after Burke speaks.

At the conclusion of patriotic music performed by the combined SHS band, orchestra and choirs, Tom Austin, past American Legion Post 114 commander, will present "Lest We Forget" honoring those who were held as prisoners of war or are missing in action. The program concludes with a 21-gun salute by the Sikeston National Guard and "Taps" performed by SHS band members.

For the complete story, see the weekend edition of the Standard Democrat.

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