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Governor and Commanding General Recognize students who will serve the nation

Governor and Commanding General Recognize students who will serve the nation


Nearly 60 high school students raised their hands and were recognized by Missouri’s Governor and the Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood for being “unique” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.


Governor Michael Parson and Maj. Gen. Donna Martin were among the 800 showing their support for the 58 students from throughout South Central Missouri who have raised their hands to join the military.


“You probably had friends or relatives that looked at you like you were crazy when you told them that you had decided to join the military,” Martin said. “That’s because they don’t understand that you are truly unique.”


Martin served as the keynote speaker. Directly addressing the students, she said “So students, if you haven’t already figured this out, you’re a pretty big deal. Tonight, we celebrate you. We thank you for joining the less than 1% of Americans who serve and sacrifice in defense of this great nation.”


Parson, an Army veteran, who did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, said, “You are going to make sacrifices for people you will never see, you’ll never know, and you’ll never meet … for all of us to live the American dream.”


When Martin mentioned the idea of finding a way to recognize high school students entering the military, Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent of the nearby Waynesville R-VI School District, volunteered to host the event for the region.


“We typically enter in our gyms as rivals, however, tonight on this court, we are united as Americans and are here to show our support and appreciation for those joining the military,” Henry said.


 Photos provided by Fort Leonard Wood


"Issued May 8, 2019"

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