|An overcast morning echoed the solemn mood as friends, family and KC District employees gathered to honor MoDOT workers killed in the line of duty.
The somber Day of Remembrance ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 18 was held in front of the district office where everyone in attendance stood shoulder to shoulder to help mark the occasion.
It started with The Presentation of Colors from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop A. They silently and meticulously marched from the front office doors to the memorial plaque that sits underneath a swath of trees.
Twenty-one channelizers with hard hats sitting atop of them aligned the pathway of the memorial, each signifying the deaths of Kansas City area workers killed while on the job.
District Engineer Dan Niec began the ceremony with a few words, followed by The Pledge of Allegiance. District Engineer Chris Redline read the Safety Commitment,
“I will make safety my highest priority and do everything within my power so everyone goes home safe every day.”
Over the years, not everyone has made it home safely. One hundred and thirty-one MoDOT workers statewide have died. To honor them on this day, each one of their names was read aloud.
One of the names, Clifton Scott is still fresh in the minds of district employees. Scott, 50 died Sept. 21, 2012 when a driver plowed into the back of his MoDOT truck while he worked a traffic accident along I-70 in Independence. Today, a portion of roadway is now named in Scott’s honor.
Scott’s family was in attendance of the ceremony. They spoke of his memory and of his legacy. They also took time to take photographs with MoDOT workers saying, “We are all family now.”
After a moment of silence, District Traffic Engineer Laurel McKean played “Amazing Grace” on the saxophone.
The ceremony concluded with hugs, handshakes and lots of cheerful laughter. See all the photos from this event on MoDOT Kansas City's flickr site.