Missouri Military Appreciation Day 2020

Missouri Military Appreciation Day Returns

On February 5, 2020, the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC) and the Military Advocate will be hosting Missouri Military Appreciation Day 2020 in Jefferson City. Drawing guests and military leaders from around the state as well as Governor Mike Parson and officials from the Pentagon, the event will honor those who serve and highlight the importance of Missouri's military installations. The day will include a joint meeting with the Congressional veterans committees, a luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, and an opportunity to meet with state legislators.

In order to attend the luncheon, please CLICK HERE to register. The plated lunch costs $20 per person.

Distinguished Guests

The keynote speaker for the lunch will be Mr. Charles (Fred) Drummond. Mr. Drummond is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education & Training within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and served as a career Naval officer. Other honored guests include:

  • Governor Mike Parson
  • Major General Donna Martin, Commanding General, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood
  • Major General Charles Cleveland, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Director for Operations
  • Brigadier General Levon Cumpton, The Adjutant General, Missouri National Guard
  • Colonel Jeffrey Schreiner, Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base,
  • and Missouri legislative leaders 


  • 7:45 am:
  • Guests and Participants arrive at the Capitol
  • 8:00 am - 8:45 am:
  • Reception at the Governor's Mansion
  • 8:45 am:
  • Return to Capitol Building
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am:
  • Joint meeting of the Missouri Senate Veterans & Military Affairs Committee and the House Veterans Committee
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am:
  • Military Leaders address the House of Representatives
  • 10:40 am - 11:00 am:
  • Military Leaders introduced to the Missouri Senate
  • 11:00 am:
  • Walk to Capitol Plaza Hotel
  • 11:30 am - 1:15 pm:
  • Luncheon with Governor Parson, Senior Military Leaders and Legislative Leaders
  • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm:
  • Return to Capitol Building
  • 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm:
  • TBD
  • 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm:
  • Panel Discussion with Military Defense Leaders
  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm:
  • Regional Leader Office Calls with Legislators
  • 5:00 pm
  • Military Appreciation Day Concludes