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QUICK THOUGHT: Are you a proud American - Remembering Pearl Harbor

By Kyle Quick:

December 7, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation for a reason that every President fears of having to do.  On this date, 71 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the greatest speech in our country’s history about one of the worst attacks our country had ever witnessed.

Nixon visiting Missouri troops in Afghanistan

Missouri News Horizon
— Away from the quiet security that is the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City, and away from the peaceful certainty that fills most Missouri small towns, Gov. Jay Nixon has spent much of his week in a completely different environment — joining a number of Missouri troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Missouri leaders salute military on Veterans Day

File photos
Missouri News Horizon

Missouri leaders saluted the state’s military veterans on this Veterans Day, as thousands of other Missourians remain deployed in conflicts abroad.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 514,000 veterans reside in Missouri.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Sanford, Jefferson City, is one of those. He was honored by the U.S. Airfoice this year as one of 20 airmen to receive a “Portraits in Courage” recognition commending his service in Afghanistan.

Local schools honor veterans

Posting of the colors by the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.
Photos by Kyle Quick

This past week, local veterans were honored by New Haven High School and Elementary on Friday morning, and by R-II students Wednesday morning.

Friday morning, veterans were served breakfast by New Haven High School's Student Council.

While visiting with veterans, one of them told us, “It’s very nice the schools do this each year.  I hope they know how much we all appreciate it.”

Smartphone App Can Track Objects On the Battlefield as Well as On the Sports Field

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri researchers have developed new software using smartphones’ GPS and imaging abilities that determine the exact location of distant objects as well as monitor the speed and direction of moving objects.  The software could eventually allow smartphone-armed soldiers to target the location of their enemies.

Exclusive video of Missouri troops saying hello to loved ones from Afghanistan during Military Appreciation Day

Sedalia, Mo. – During Sunday’s Military Appreciation Day at The 110th Missouri State Fair, four Missourians who currently are stationed in Afghanistan were able to watch the emotional ceremony via Skype.

We took a moment and recorded them so they could say hello to their families back in Missouri from over 7,300 miles away.

Gov. Nixon deliveries inspiring speech at Missouri State Fair Military Appreciation Day

Photos and story by Kyle Quick

Sedalia, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon made his second appearance at the Missouri State Fair on Sunday for Military Appreciation Day, A “Show Me” Salute to Veterans.

Flags order at half-staff for St. Louis sailor killed in Oman

Missouri News Horizon
Jefferson City, Mo.
- Gov. Jay Nixon ordered flags at government buildings across Missouri to be flown at half-staff in honor of a St. Louis sailor killed in Oman.

Chief Petty Officer Sean Patrick Sullivan, 40, died from injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed while conducting heavy lift support operations in Oman, the governor’s office said.

Smith among elite group of Marines

File photo of Will Smith (Quick News)

New Haven, Mo – New Haven Graduate William Smith was among 600 poolees (new recruites) who attended the Marine “Mini Boot Camp” at Jefferson Barracks last week.  Smith said, “The four day camp was essentially a mock boot camp to prepare the poolees mentally for actual boot camp.”

Smith’s goal when entering the Marines was to be a Force Reconnaissance Marine.  Smith said, “ I was told Force Recon was extremely hard to come by and if there was going to be one in this region of the country, there would only be one.”

Nixon signs bill to benefit more than 1,300 Missouri military veterans.

Gov. Jay Nixon will sign the bill at ceremonies statewide this week. (File Photo: Missouri News Horizon)

Mexico, Mo - Gov. Jay Nixon is visiting several Missouri veterans nursing homes this week to sign legislation that will provide them with a dedicated funding source.

Nixon kicked off the signing tour Wednesday afternoon in Mexico, Mo., visiting the state run Mexico Veterans Home.

American Legion Post 366 holds memorial day service

New Haven, Mo – The ultimate sacrifice is putting your own life in harms way in order to protect others.  The men and women who serve in the armed forces, firefighters who run into burning buildings, police officers who run after

Over past year, 11 Missouri service members killed in action

Over the past year at war, while the nation was ending a decade’s long conflict in Iraq and preparing to wind down another in Afghanistan, nearly a dozen Missouri service members were killed while serving in action.

Gov. Jay Nixon, in a statement, called on Missourians to remember those who lost their lives serving their country.

Brothers in Arms - "Semper Fi"

Pictured left to right: PFC Matthew Brown and LCP Michael Brown.

Marines LCP Michael Brown and PFC Mathew Brown are the sons of Ed and Cheri Brown of New Haven, Mo.  LCP Michael Brown is a 2011 graduate of New Haven High School and PFC Mathew Brown is a 2012 graduate of Washington High School.

Peirick recognized for being a member of the American Legion for 50 years

Pictured left to right: John Peirick and Tori Panhorst

New Haven, Mo - Commander of the American Legion post 366, Tori Panhorst recognized John Peirick for his 50 years as a member of the American Legion at Friday evening’s Patriotic Concert.

Local veteran support group - Veterans helping veterans

New Haven, Mo - On Tuesday May 1 a group of local veterans are starting a support group for all local veterans in and around the area.  The meeting will be at the Memorial Baptist Church beginning at 7 p.m.

The idea is to help veterans have a better understanding about VA benefits and misconceptions most veterans may have.  They will also help those who may need to sign up for benefits they are entitled too.

70th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

Tom Griffin is one of five men who are still alive from the Doolittle Raid on Japan following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Video of Griffin and four others talk about the day they never thought they would survive.

By J.J. Burke
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. Sixteen B-25 bombers with 80 crewmembers took off from the aircraft carrier Hornet on a one-way mission to strike at the Japanese homeland just six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Army Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr of Catawissa died April 3 serving our country

Tribute video

Pacific, Mo - Army Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr, 21, of Catawissa, was a soldier serving in Afghanistan when he was killed on April 3 as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol in Khost Province.

Nixon sees off 41 National Guardsmen bound for Afghanistan

Members of the Missouri National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team VI listen as Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at the unit’s deployment ceremony in Jefferson City on Friday. The team is headed to Afghanistan after final training in Indiana. Photo by Tim Sampson/Missouri News Horizon.

Candlelight hospital tours tomorrow evening at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

MO DNR, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The stories of Civil War battles can be found not only on the battlefields but also in the hospitals where wounded soldiers fought for their lives.

Three World War II veterans honored by Gov. Nixon

Photo above: World War Two veterans, (from left) Lloyd Cain, Frank Crooks and Francis "Bud" Jones receive the French Legion of Honor from Gov. Jay Nixon Monday during a ceremony at the State Capitol. Photo by Dick Aldrich (Missouri News Horizon).

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