SIKESTON - The Sikeston community will observe Veterans Day with a ceremony at the Sikeston Field House scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Monday.
Participating in the service will be local veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion along with the local National Guard unit. The Sikeston High School band, choir and orchestra will also participate.
Offering the prayer of remembrance at the service will be retired Lt. Commander Gerald Beam, United States Naval Reserve.
The speaker will be a decorated combat veteran who served two tours in Vietnam. Retired Army Lt. Col. Ted Hardy is the recipient of the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for valor, the Purple Heart for being wounded in action, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Pathfinder Badge.
During his first tour in Vietnam, Hardy served with the First Cavalry Division as the operation officer of a mechanized infantry unit from August 1967 through February 1968. During his second tour, he served as the district senior adviser with the South Vietnamese Army in the Dinh Toung province.
Other duty stations during his career included Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Panama Canal zone; Ft. Sill, Okla.; Ft. Hood, Texas; and Ft. Jackson, S.C.
Hardy is a member of the American Legion, VFW and Military Order of the Purple Heart: Retired Officers Association.
He received a master's degree from Central Michigan University in 1973 and attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1977.
He now resides in the San Antonio, Texas, area with this wife, Nell. They have five children. One of their sons, Trey Hardy, resides in Sikeston. Another son, Lt. Col. Chuck Hardy, is on active duty with the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan.
A flag mailed by Trey Hardy to Lt. Col. Hardy that was flown over the Khandhar Airbase on Sept. 11 will be raised in front of the Field House before the service at 9:30 a.m.