Veterans Day Celebration 2017. President Beth Russell brought the joint meeting of the Missouri Athletic Club and the Rotary Club of St. Louis to order in the Missouri Room of the Missouri Athletic Club at 12:00 p.m. The Cleveland High School Junior Naval Academy presented the colors. The USAF Band of Mid-America played our national anthem. Master of Ceremonies, Captain Mel Burkart, USN (Ret.), led everyone in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Missouri National Guard, Military Funeral Honors Program presented a moving POW/MIA Ceremony. Army Specialist Jack Poitras played taps on his bugle. Monsignor Michael Butler then delivered the invocation.
Captain Burkart welcomed everyone to the celebration. He then introduced the featured speaker, Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Admiral Davidson is a native of St. Louis. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, he mans, trains and equips over 125 ships, 1,000 aircraft, and 103,000 active duty service members and government employees. Admiral Davidson is responsible for providing combat ready forces around the globe in support of U.S. national interests.
Mr. Mike Schoedel, President of the Missouri Athletic Club, gave closing remarks. The song for each branch of service was played to recognize all the veterans present at the luncheon. Thereafter, the meeting adjourned.