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Sikeston to hold Memorial Day service on Monday

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Rickey Skelton, Billy Hammon and Billy Smith, employees of Sikeston Public Works, pour a concrete pad for the 1140th Charlie Company Memorial.
SIKESTON - A Memorial Day Service, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. May 28 at Sikeston Veterans Park, will include three Iraqi War veterans.

Guest speaker will be Army Ranger Sgt. Nathan Gurley who served three combat tours in Iraq, along with two combat tours in Afghanistan participating in dangerous special forces operations.

He is the recipient of the Army commendation for Valor and the Purple Heart for being wounded by enemy gunfire. Also, he received the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Ribbon.

Presenting the colors will be Master Sgt. Michael Harris of Sikeston, who spent a combat tour in Iraq with an engineering group. During his tour he personally coordinated 35 protective security convoys to support important mission in Diyala province of Iraq.

He is a 21-year veteran of the Missouri National Guard. His decorations include the Bronze and Army Commendations, along with the Iraqi Campaign Medal. Harris currently serves on the Sikeston City Council.

Presenting the wreath will be Major Ed Gargas of the Missouri National Guard. He completed a combat tour in Iraq with Charlie Company of the 1140th Engineering Battalion. He is an 18-year veteran of the Guard and has attended numerous military schools during his career.

He is the recipient of several awards, including the Army Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism.

Pastor L.J. Nabors of the Cornerstone Baptist Church will offer the Prayer of Remembrance and Shea Clinton will perform "God Bless America."

Local veterans from the VFW and American Legion will also participate in the service. A unit from the Missouri National Guard will perform the 21-gun salute. Rep. Ellen Brandom will make a presentation.

After the service there will be a ribbon cutting to dedicate the new monument to Charlie Company, 1140th Engineers, who served a combat tour in Iraq.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion will provide lunch for veterans and their families after the service at the Legion Post on South Kingshighway. In the event of rain, the service will be held at the First Christian Church.