(JEFFERSON CITY) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson served as keynote speaker at two veteran events in Polk and Cedar Counties on Saturday. The Lieutenant Governor spoke at the Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony in Bolivar and at the opening ceremony of the Vietnam “Wall That Heals” traveling exhibit in Stockton.

“I am proud of my service in the U.S. Army, and to the commitment southwest Missouri has to our veterans,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “My office is dedicated to advocating for the 480,000 veterans in Missouri, giving them a better quality of life and educating them on the many services and programs available to them,” Parson said. The Lieutenant Governor also made mention to the significance of having the travelling Vietnam “Wall That Heals” exhibit in Stockton, MO. “The Vietnam conflict sharply divided our country, and the effects are still being felt today with nearly 37% of Missouri’s veterans serving in the conflict. I am grateful to the community of Stockton for bringing this exhibit to our state so the next generation can learn more about our history,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson.

“We are proud to host the traveling Vietnam ‘Wall That Heals’, and to have a Lieutenant Governor like Mr. Parson who cares so deeply for his fellow veterans,” said Stockton Mayor Mary Norell. “We hope this exhibit will help to educate citizens of all ages on the Vietnam conflict and the affect it continues to have on our country,” Norell said.