Southeast Homecoming Parade to Honor Service Men and Women

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 26, 2003 – A patriotic theme, honoring the nation’s service men and women will highlight Southeast Missouri State University’s Homecoming parade scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 4 in downtown Cape Girardeau.

The parade, which will include about 100 entries, is scheduled to begin at Broadway and West End Blvd. The parade will proceed east on Broadway to Main Street and then south on Main.

Each of the “Class 1” competitive floats entered in the parade this year will represent a branch of the military and feature a key American symbol, monument or building. A float representing this year’s bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition also will be featured. Leading the parade will be the Air Force ROTC Colorguard, the American Legion Colorguard and the New Madrid County Central JROTC Drill Team. A U.S. Army Reserves military Hummer also is among this year’s entries.

Participating bands will be the Southeast Missouri State University Golden Eagles, Hillsboro High School, Cape Central High School, North Pemiscot High School, Crystal City High School, Delta C-7 High School, Oak Ridge High School, Vienna High School and Advance High School.

Also riding in the parade will be this year’s Merit Award winners; the University’s Homecoming court; Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Jane Stacy, director of alumni services and development; Mike Parker, National Alumni Council president; and many others.

A judges table, for those judging the Homecoming floats, will be based in front of the KFVS-TV tower. Winning floats will be announced at the end of the Southeast vs. Eastern Illinois Homecoming football game scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. in Houck Stadium.

A Marine Colorguard will lead the parade marshal, who will be Annette Conway, wife of Lt. Gen. James Conway, who is receiving an Alumni Merit Award from the University during Homecoming festivities. Both Lt. Gen. James Conway and his wife, Annette, are graduates of Southeast Missouri State University. Mrs. Conway, who received her degree from Southeast in 1970, will serve as the parade marshal, representing her husband who is unable to attend due to his military responsibilities.

Lt. Gen. James Conway graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.  After graduating from Southeast, he served as an infantry officer with the 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton, as a rifle platoon commander and as the Battalion’s 106mm recoilless-rifle platoon commander.  In 1972, he was reassigned as Executive Officer of the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63).  He served at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego as a series and company commander in the Recruit Training Regiment, as the aide to the Commanding General, and as Director, Sea School.  Conway has also served his country by serving as Senior Aide to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Deputy Director of Operations J-3 for Combating Terrorism.  In 1998, he was appointed the President of the Marine Corps University at Quantico, Va.  He is currently serving as the Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.  In the recent war with Iraq, Conway headed the Marine Expeditionary Forces.

Conway graduated with honors from The Basic School, the U.S. Army Infantry Officers’ Advanced Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Air War College.  His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.