MoDOT’s Kansas City District Office recently did its part to acknowledge its workers, both men and women who gave up their freedom to serve our country. In honor of Veterans Day, a special luncheon and ceremony were held at the district office on Wednesday, Nov. 12. This is the second year the team has taken time to honor Veteran employees.
District Engineer Dan Niec, who is a current U.S. Naval Reservist, conducted the ceremony. He gave praise for those who served and thanked them for their contribution to our freedom. Niec mentioned that each veteran may have done something different during their tour of duty, but he added, “We are all bonded by that one common thing, we all took the oath.”
Niec asked each veteran to stand up and state which branch they served, for how long and the work they did. One by one, each MoDOT worker announced their work in service. They served in Vietnam, Korea, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Bosnia and right here on the friendly soil of the United States.
The program also included guest speaker Steve Miller, Chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Miller also gave high praise for those veterans who served our country.
“I am the great beneficiary, as are my family and my children, of the sacrifice and the commitment that each of you made.” Miller said, “We survive not because we’re a people that have all these freedoms, we survive because we are a people who are willing to give up our freedoms that others may be free.”
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