SIKESTON -- Retired Army Major General King E. Sidwell, the former adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, will be the guest speaker for the Sikeston Veterans Day ceremony. The event will begin at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Sikeston Field House.
From January 2005 through January 2009, Sidwell was the adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. In that capacity, he acted as the chief administrative officer to Gov. Matt Blunt for command of over 11,000 Missouri Army and Air National Guard personnel.
As part of his duties, Sidwell ensured that the Missouri National Guard was trained, equipped and resourced for its dual state and federal missions. He was also responsible to the Governor for the State Emergency Management Agency and the Civil Air Patrol.
Local veterans from the American Legion and VFW will participate in Friday's program. The Sikeston High School Band, Choir and Orchestra will perform along with the Sikeston Community Choir.
Providing the Posting of the Colors and 21 Gun Salute will be personnel from the Sikeston National Guard Unit. The Prayer of Remembrance will be given by the Rev. Lester Clayton, pastor of the North Acres Baptist Church.
Born in Sikeston, Sidwell received a bachelor of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972. In 1975 he earned a Juris Doctorate in law from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Sidwell began his military career in 1972 as an enlisted soldier and was commissioned on Aug. 10, 1974, through the State Officer Candidate School at the Missouri Military Academy. He served in numerous assignments of increasing responsibility at the company, battalion and brigade level, culminating with his command of the Engineer Brigade, 35th Infantry Division.
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