SIKESTON -- An Air Force officer will offer his thoughts on today's military, and a tribute will be paid to two who gave their lives in service as Sikeston residents pause to thank veterans for their service. This year's Veterans Day program will begin at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Sikeston Field House.
Lt. Caleb M. Daughhetee, a native of Charleston and the manpower and personnel flight commander for the 14th Force Support Squadron, 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, is the guest speaker. Also Rick Justice will offer a tribute to his grandfather, the late James Tanner, who was a highly decorated World War II combat veteran.
The program will feature local veterans from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the American Legion. Also participating will be the Sikeston High School band, choir and orchestra.
The presentation of colors and a 21-gun salute will be provided by the Sikeston National Guard Unit with a prayer given by the Rev. David Ross, pastor of the First Baptist Church.
As part of the program, the POW/MIA segment will be dedicated to the memory of the late Lt. Warren Moxley, a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps who was missing in action for 67 years. Moxley's remains were recently identified and he was buried with full military honors in his hometown of Charleston on July 3.
Daughhetee is responsible for the human resources and manpower requirements of all Air Force personnel at Columbus Air Force Base, an air education and training command base responsible for training more than 350 student pilots every year. The Columbus AFB community consists of more than 10,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians, contractors, retirees.
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