Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder on Tuesday presented Veterans Service Awards to 26 Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities.
Winners were selected from seven regions of the state. The winners in Northeast Missouri were James Boettcher, of Palmyra, Roger Kiesey, of Troy and Kenneth “Bucky” Ward, of Louisiana. Lt. Governor Kinder honored all the winners at a banquet in their honor in the State Capitol in Jefferson City.
“As young men and women, when their nation called, all these winners answered that call, serving their country selflessly,” Kinder said. “Like many of Missouri’s veterans, they continued to serve their communities when they returned home after their military service, giving back to their neighbors through countless hours of volunteering.”
Boettcher, an Army veteran, was nominated by the Norfolk-Smith VFW Post 11041 in Palmyra. For many years he has volunteered for the VFW Post, the Community Board of Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging and as a member of the Palmyra Nutrition Center board.
Kiesey, a Navy veteran, was nominated by VFW Lincoln County Memorial Post 8828. For the past seven years he has volunteered for Lincoln County Special Olympics, and he is active in veteran advocacy.
“For many years, Roger has been a vital member of his community,” Kinder said. “In addition to his work with Special Olympics, he also participates in the Lincoln County Second Saturday Servants and founded a weekly “Coffee Talk” for veterans from World War II to bring them together for fellowship. He also has worked with Honor Flight for the past two years and is currently working on a project to record military histories on community veterans for the local library.”
Ward, an Army veteran, was nominated by State Rep. Jim Hansen. For many years he has been an advocate for veterans in Louisiana as a guardian with Honor Flight and ensuring all veterans have flags each Memorial Day.
All of the award winners received an official declaration from the lieutenant governor’s office recognizing their service.
“All of these winners showed their sense of duty and patriotism when they served their nation,” Kinder said. “They continue to show that same commitment to service in their communities. This award is just one small way our state can say, ‘Thank you’ to our veterans and honor the sacrifices they continue to make for their communities and state.”