Michael Parker to speak at Sikestonís Veteranís Day ceremony Monday
SIKESTON ó A Sikeston resident and U.S. Air Force veteran will be the honored guest and speaker during the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 in Sikeston.
Set for 9:15 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sikeston Field House, the annual Veterans Day service will include participation by local veterans from the VFW and American Legion.
The Sikeston High School choir, orchestra and band will perform. The Sikeston National Guard Unit will present and post the colors and perform the 21-gun salute.
The Rev. Jeff Loftin, youth minister of the First Baptist Church, will offer the prayer of remembrance. Leading the pledge will be the 2019 Cotton Carnival royalty along with the Department of Missouri Junior Auxiliary President.
After the service, the American Legion Auxiliary will host a lunch for veterans and their families at 11 a.m. at the Legion post located on South Kingshighway.
Michael L. ďMikeĒ Parker, who served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, is this yearís honored guest and speaker. He served from 1967 to 1971 in Texas, Colorado, Germany and Michigan.
A 1963 graduate of Dexter High School, Parker earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1967 from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science in education from the University of Southern California in 1970. He also graduated in 1993 from American University with Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. In 2000, he graduated as a certified financial planner from the College for Financial Planning.
Parker worked as a high school band director from 1971 to 1974 and school music retail from 1974 to 1984. He as worked as a financial adviser from 1984 to present, and he currently serves as a certified financial planner and independent adviser with LPL Financial in San Diego, Calif., Boston, Mass., and Sikeston.
An Eagle Scout, he is also a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Sikeston, Sikeston Kiwanis Club and past president of the Alumni Association of Southeast Missouri State University.
Parker has been married for 52 years to his high school sweetheart, Dawn Parker, who is a retired first grade teacher at Lee Hunter Elementary in Sikeston.
They have two adult children, both Sikeston High School graduates, and three grandchildren.