KRCU Public Radio and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation will honor area veterans at a Veterans Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 8 a.m. at VFW Post #3838 located at 1049 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau.
The program will begin with an invocation by retired U.S. Navy Capt. and Limbaugh Firm attorney Diane Howard, followed by the Posting of Colors. Thomas M. Meyer, U.S. Navy Seabee and Vietnam War veteran and member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, will lead the audience in the Pledge of Alliance. KRCU “Morning Edition” host and Southeast student Lindsey Grojean will sing the National Anthem.
The keynote speaker will be Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann, senior vice president of Budweiser accounts for Folds of Honor. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years and was one of 65 Americans taken hostage in Iran on Nov. 4, 1979. Sickmann remained a hostage for 444 days before being released on Jan. 21, 1981.
Three months later, Sickmann was honorably discharged and received several accolades during his service, including the Prisoner of War Medal, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Award of Valor and the Good Conduct Medal.
Sickmann’s personal diary, “Iranian Hostage: A Personal Diary of 444 Days in Captivity,” is the only known diary to have been smuggled out of Iran and published.
There is no cost to attend the breakfast, and all veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Breakfast will be provided by Ray’s Plaza Banquet Center.