Veterans honor board returns to Sikeston

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

SIKESTON, Mo. -- War history is repeating itself.

During World War II, a board listing the names of men and women from Sikeston in the armed forces was erected downtown at American Legion Park.

Now, nearly 60 years later, the Sikeston Depot and the Kings Highway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are collaborating to honor those mobilized here and abroad for the war on terrorism by establishing a similar display at the Depot museum.

"Our intent is to do this board just like the World War II board," said Judy Bowman, Sikeston Depot board member. "We feel it is so important to honor these men and women that the recognition board will be long-standing - as President Bush stated, 'As long as it takes.'"

The Kings Highway Chapter of the DAR went into partnership with the Depot to show appreciation and honor to those in the service being called, including the National Guard, Bowman said.

Residents of Mississippi, Scott and New Madrid counties are encouraged to bring a photograph to place at the geographic center for the three counties - the Depot museum in Sikeston. "The board is up and we are collecting pictures at this time," Bowman said.

This time around, policemen and National Guard members active on the home front will be included.

"Some of these men and women are in danger, but all are rearranging their lives for our safety and protection," Bowman said. "The least we can do is recognize them and say, 'Thank you.'"

Among the first to be included is Randall Witt, son of Orvill and Carolyn Witt of Sikeston, who is currently stationed in Bahrain with the U.S. Navy.

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