On the day before Veterans Day, Gov. Jay Nixon encouraged Missourians to take time to remember and thank military veterans for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of the nation and the state. Veterans Day is a reminder to show our gratitude year-round, the Governor said.
"Through their service and sacrifice, our military veterans throughout the years have paid the price of freedom on our behalf," Gov. Nixon said. "While we can never repay our veterans for what they have done, we can and should continue to let them know how much we appreciate their service to our country."
The Governor praised Missouri employers for signing up for Show-Me Heroes, a program he launched in January 2010 as a way to support Missouri's veterans. Some 1,577 employers have joined Show-Me Heroes, which connects veterans with job openings in their area. Businesses agree to actively recruit and interview veterans when hiring new employees. Gov. Nixon urged other employers to be a part of the program.
"In addition to their job skills, veterans also bring discipline and initiative to the workplace," Gov. Nixon said. "I want to thank our employer partners for putting the resumes of veterans on the top of the stack for consideration when they have openings, and especially on this Veterans Day, I encourage more employers to be a part of Show-Me Heroes."
On Monday of this week, Gov. Nixon presented four Jefferson City veterans from World War II and Vietnam with Silver Star Service banners and certificates. The Silver Star banner was created by the Silver Star Families of America, an organization created and based in Missouri, to honor veterans who were wounded, injured or became ill while serving in a combat area. In 2009, Gov. Nixon signed a bill designating May 1 of each year as Silver Star Families of America Day.
Tomorrow, on Veterans Day, the Governor will speak at a community ceremony in Milan honoring local military veterans.