Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder Press Releases
August 27, 2012
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder presents Veterans Service Award to Blair Moran of Sikeston
SIKESTON – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder on Monday (Aug. 27) presented Blair Moran of Sikeston with the Lieutenant Governor's Veterans Service Award in recognition of his tireless volunteerism in Sikeston.
Lt. Governor Kinder made the presentation at Veterans Park in Sikeston. Moran is a U.S. Army veteran. He was nominated for the award by Stephen Taylor of Sikeston through a letter to Rep. Ellen Brandom of Sikeston.
“As a young man, Blair Moran served his nation in the U.S. Army, and like many of Missouri’s veterans he service didn’t end when his hitch in the Army was over,” Kinder said. “Instead, Blair has continued to serve Missouri and the Sikeston area, giving back to his community through his many years of work with veterans and current members of the armed services.”
Moran is a longtime volunteer with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3174 in Sikeston. He also has volunteered as chaplain and chairman of the Boys State committee for American Legion Post 114. He has been treasurer of the Sikeston Veterans Park Committee since its inception in 1991, and each year he organizes the Memorial Day and Veterans Day services in Sikeston. He also is on the board of the Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery.
“Blair spends hundreds of hours each year in service to veterans and active members of the armed services,” Kinder said. “He has a long history of stepping forward to serve our veterans, and he attends functions on behalf of veterans in the state Capitol and the U.S. Capitol.”
Kinder received 140 nominations for the award, which recognizes Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities. Moran received an official declaration from the lieutenant governor’s office recognizing his service.
“The same strong sense of duty and patriotism you showed in your service to your nation, you now show in your commitment to Sikeston and Southeast Missouri,” Kinder said. “(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 their state.”