Veteran's Fishing Day
Friday, May 31, 2019
DEXTER STATESMAN/Josh Ayers
A veterans fishing day was held Friday morning at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield. The Kenady – Hanks American Legion Post 59 and Auxiliary in Dexter, Missouri Conservation Department, Stoddard County Ambulance and numerous volunteers made this day possible. Approximately 60 veterans were on hand from around Southeast Missouri. More than 120 took part in a fish fry after a morning of fishing. All fish caught were released back into the water.
Harold Hart of Bell City along with
Stoddard County Conservation Agent Michael Collins hold up a large
World War II Vet Cloyd Cook sits down
by the water.
Debbie Ash of Puxico holds up the
catfish she had just reeled in.
Jessie Barnes of Bernie waits patiently
for his first fish.
Photo courtesy of American Legion
Chaplain Lester Barker Jr.
Some members of the Missouri
Conservation Department noticed a problem: this sign indicated no
fishing was allowed at the cemetery. However the agents decided to
waive the no fishing regulation for the day.
Chaplain Lester Barker, U.S. Army Ret.
leads the prayer before the meal.
Members of the Stoddard County
Ambulance District on hand for the event from left: Jamie Holcomb,
Jordan Adams, Stoddard County Conservation Agent Michael Collins,
Michael Pulley and James Martin.
Lee Bowen, USMC Ret., (left) and
Chaplain Lester Barker, U.S. Army Ret. pause for a photo before the
Dee Wamble (left) and Maxine Shell were
two of the Kenady-Hanks American Legion Auxiliary Unit 59 on hand
Volunteer Kourtney Brown breads fish
before sending it to the fryer.
Volunteers pictured from left Linda
Harris, Jenny Brown, Jackie Bevill and Sherry Whaley cook the hush
puppies before the fish fry.
Gus Gockel from the Cape Veterans Home
holds up his fish.
Yvonne Sale of Cape Girardeau pauses
for a photo.
Dale Garrett (left) and Jim Aikley both
of Poplar Bluff enjoy the morning.
Chaplain Lester Barker Poses, U.S. Army
Ret. Poses for a photo with veteran James Beaird.
Cletius Meadows of Poplar Bluff enjoyed
both the weather and fishing.