Governor applauds Heartland Veterans

The citizens of Milan got a special treat this Veteran's Day; they received a visit from the Governor.

Governor Jay Nixon was the keynote speaker during Milan High School's Veteran's Day Assembly. He used his speech as an opportunity to give a history lesson to the students and Veterans in attendance. He reminded the crowd of Missourians who have made tremendous contributions to the United States' armed forces, including the late Frank Buckles, a Missouri native and the last American World War I Veteran. He died last year.

The Governor also emphasized the significance of Nov. 11 and World War I. On Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the Allies signed an Armistice agreement with Germany to end the first World War back in 1918.

"Obviously, 11-11 is a day that means a lot when it comes to World War I," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "The last World War I veteran was a Missourian from Bethany, Missouri. Once again, in this region of our state, these folks have always been willing to step up for our country."

We also took the time to ask Nixon what programs are available to help Veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the "Show Me Heroes" initiative is a successful program that involves 1400 Missouri employers who have agreed to interview Veterans first when hiring. He also said Veteran tax breaks are in the works.

"Missouri is in the process of getting rid of taxes on veteran's pensions," said Nixon. "We want folks, after their 20 years of service or so, to come back and have their second career in the "Show Me" state. We have a long and strong relationship with the military and its families and we want to keep that going for many generations to come."

The Veteran's Day Assembly also included a powerful musical selection by the elementary school students who sang, "Thankful for the USA" and "One Nation".

During that time, a power point was presented that included photos of Veterans from the area.

If you'd like to see the entire interview with Governor Nixon, click here.