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.