Wilburn Rowden

Veterans Day
5:20 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Celebrated At Missouri Capitol

Veterans Day is celebrated at the Mo. Capitol. Hanging in the Rotunda is a 10' by 16' banner containing messages of thanks to veterans and current US service personnel.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Around 100 people turned out at the Missouri Capitol Monday to salute America's military veterans.

The crowd was a mix of veterans and civilians who not only heard about the sacrifices of the nation's older vets, but also of younger ones who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Retired Air Force Colonel John Clark of Columbia says it's crucial for returning soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to retrain their minds for peace.

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Mo. veterans honored
6:10 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Silver Star banners awarded to 4 Mo. veterans

(l-r) David Mauldin (Vietnam), Don Hentges (Vietnam), Gov. Jay Nixon, Wilburn Rowden (WWII), and Roger Stottlemyre (Vietnam). Nixon awarded the four veterans with Silver Star banners at a ceremony at the Mo. Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Four mid-Missouri veterans today were awarded Silver Star banners at the State Capitol, in honor of their past military service.

Among them was 88-year-old Wilburn Rowden of Jefferson City, a World War II vet who served as a radio operator onboard a B-17 bomber.  His plane was shot down over Germany, and he spent the rest of the war as a POW.

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