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Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder recently presented Veterans Service Awards to 26 Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities.
Winners were selected from seven regions of the state. The winners in Northeast Missouri were James Boettcher of Palmyra, Roger Kiesey of Troy and Kenneth “Bucky” Ward of Louisiana. Lt. Gov. Kinder honored all the winners at a banquet in their honor in the State Capitol in Jefferson City.
Ward, an Army veteran, was nominated by State Rep. Jim Hansen. For many years he has been an advocate for veterans in Louisiana as a guardian with Honor Flight and ensuring all veterans have flags each Memorial Day. He also is involved with the Relay for Life campaign and is parade chairman for the Pike County Republican Club.
“Kenneth encourages and organizes veterans to participate in parades, where they can receive the honor and recognition they’re due,” Kinder said. “As a member of American Legion Haney-Pennock Post 370, Kenneth acts as historian for the group and chaplain.”
All of the award winners received an official declaration from the lieutenant governor’s office recognizing their service.
“All of these winners showed their sense of duty and patriotism when they served their nation,” Kinder said. “They continue to show that same commitment to service in their communities. This award is just one small way our state can say, ‘Thank you’ to our veterans and honor the sacrifices they continue to make for their communities and state.”