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      Gov. Nixon urges Missourians to "Put the Uniform First"

      As the nation commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Jay Nixon Friday encouraged Missourians to show their appreciation for men and women in uniform by allowing them to be served first while waiting at restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, movie theaters, and other retail establishments.

      The Governor was at the headquarters of Missouri Task Force 1 in Columbia Friday to proclaim Sept. 11-17 as Put the Uniform First Week in Missouri. He was joined by representatives from the Missouri National Guard, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement, fire protection and emergency response agencies and teams, including Missouri Task Force 1 and the Missouri 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Both units were called into service in New York City after 9/11.

      As our country remembers those who lost their lives on that terrible day ten years ago, it TMs important that we also continue to honor those who have committed themselves to protecting us every day, whether that TMs on the battlefield overseas or on a street here in Missouri, Gov. Nixon said. The gesture to ~Put the Uniform First TM is a visible way to show our appreciation and support to the men and women in uniform, and I encourage Missourians to look for opportunities to do this. I also encourage them to give support throughout the year to those in uniform and their families, particularly to the families of our military members overseas.

      The Governor noted that in the past ten years, there have been countless times where those in uniform have gone toward danger, rather than away from it.

      Especially in the last year, we TMve seen the dedication and professionalism of men and women in uniform, Gov. Nixon said. That was particularly demonstrated by the personnel from more than 400 law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency response agencies who rushed to Joplin after the devastating tornado, and the work of the Missouri National Guard to help that stricken city recover. While there should never be a time when our appreciation to them ends, the week of Sept. 11 brings that appreciation into sharper focus.

      Gov. Nixon also used the occasion to publicly thank the agencies and uniformed personnel who have served Missourians, whether at home or in other countries.

      A copy of the Governor TMs order is available here.