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Cadets to Travel Far and Wide to Honor Missouri Veterans

Veterans Day is an annual opportunity for everyone to remember those who have served the United States through the armed forces, but it is an especially significant time for Missouri Military Academy cadets to present very unique yet formal ways to remember those men and women.

Cadets will be appearing in several different locations around the Midwest at community Veterans Day events.

On Friday, November 9, MMA cadets are taking part in a joint celebration with Mexico High School students.  The entire corps of cadets along with the Mexico High School student body will assemble in the afternoon for several events.  MMA Senior Army Instructor SGM Henry Suddarth will address the students and educate them about the world that American servicemen and servicewomen experience.

As part of that celebration, the Mexico High School and MMA bands are scheduled to play a number of patriotic tunes for the visiting veterans.  There will also be a presentation of colors by the MMA Color Guard.  All area veterans are encouraged to attend this special celebration which begins at 1:00 p.m.

Cadets will then present a Battalion Review at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico Saturday morning at 10:00.

On Sunday, MMA will continue its recognition of veterans as the Academy’s band and color guard are set to march in a Veterans Day parade in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant.  While those cadets honor veterans in that area, MMA’s World War II re-enactment group, the Railsplitters, will appear at the veterans celebration in Columbia, Mo.  The event in Florissant begins at 1:00 p.m., while the Columbia appearance will be at 10:00 a.m.

Cadets Head Out into Community to Give a Helping Hand

One way Missouri Military Academy cadets contribute to their community is by volunteering their time serving local organizations.  The entire Corps of Cadets ventured around Mexico and surrounding areas Tuesday, October 2.

Some cadets traveled to Columbia to do their part.  Whether it involved clearing brush from Mexico parks or spending time with veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home, cadets were ready to serve.

PHOTOS:  Click here for more photos from Community Service Day

About 30 cadets volunteered in Columbia at the Central Missouri Food Bank preparing food to be distributed to the less fortunate in mid-Missouri.  Other sites at which most of the Corps lent a hand included the city of Mexico and its parks, the Audrain County Historical Society, and a few community churches.  This year, an additional 25 cadets headed to Auxvasse, about 10 miles south of Mexico, to assist city officials with cleanup around town.

Simon Barrera ’15 took care of some brush in Mexico’s Lakeview Park.  Local park cleanup was part of the duties during Tuesday’s Community Service Day.

The cadets’ service is not limited to Audrain County.  Earlier this school year, LT Edsel Baker accompanied one group of cadets to Busch Stadium to help collect recyclables from fans in the stands during a St. Louis Cardinals game.  Cadets also volunteer every Tuesday assembling food packages as part of the Central Missouri Food Bank’s “Buddy Packs” program.

Cadets participate in two community service days throughout the year, with the second occurring in May.