- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Say Cheese: The story behind the famous sandwiches at the East Perry Fair (9/22/17)
- Anne Limbaugh dies, leaves legacy of caring (9/22/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
Show support for honoring Skelton
To the editor:
Occasionally, people come along who greatly inspire those around them. Even when they are gone, the lives of the people they touched will never be the same. Staff Sgt. Bradley J. Skelton was one of those people. He entered the Missouri Army National Guard in 1984 while he was still in high school and served with the 1140th Engineer Battalion headquartered in Jackson until he was deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005. Upon his return, he retired from the National Guard.
Most people would have stayed in retirement, but Brad chose to return to Iraq in 2007 so a fellow soldier didn't have to. He was willing to sacrifice his own life for another's. And he did. Brad was killed during his second tour by an explosion in Baghdad on Feb. 6. Brad's ultimate sacrifice and the way he led his life by example has moved his fellow soldiers, friends and family to try to rename the National Guard Armory in Jackson in his honor. Ross Gartman of Cape Girardeau, who served with Brad in the 1140th, has spearheaded the effort.
Renaming a government building requires a methodical process. I encourage people to write letters sharing their thoughts on the dedication and renaming of the armory in Jackson to honor Brad Skelton. You may address your letter to: Missouri Army National Guard, 6819 N. Boundary Road, Jefferson City, Mo., 65101-1207. Or e-mail your letter to email@example.com.
State Sen. JASON CROWELL, Cape Girardeau