VFW honors Kennett Police Department

At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Kennett Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 5443 honored the Kennett Police Department for their service by treating them to a delicious meal that consisted of deep fried cat fish, french fries, hushpuppies, and slaw, along with cakes and pies for dessert.

After the meeting, Post Commander Phillip Greenway spoke to the group about the importance of law enforcement officers both locally and nationally. “Over the past year we have seen what seems like a war against our law enforcement throughout this country,” said Post Commander Phillip Greenway. “We want to thank you for helping our community and helping us. Many times, when you have helped us, it may be during the hardest times of our lives. But without the police department, our city would be in chaos. You guys do matter. You do keep things under control; you do take care of our families, our children, our schools, and we don’t know what we would do without you.”

Greenway continued to praise the KPD officers for what they do, pointing out some individuals like Tony Smith, who retired from the National Guard after fifteen years. Wanting to recognize the oldest senior officer in uniform, Joe Stewart, as well as the youngest officer in attendance, Landon Stewart. Greenway did not realize that the two he picked were also brothers on the force. He thanked them for what they do for the community. “While all of the others may laugh and jest, a life of service is the best, and happiness will always be to those who serve humanity,” said Greenway. “That sounds like something someone else would say, but it is true.”

The VFW presented to the KPD two certificates and a WWII flag from a veteran who was in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. “There were 75,000 casualties during the Battle of the Bulge,” Greenway told them, and then continued to tell the amazing story about the man who donated the flag. He was severely burned when the Sheridan tank he was in was hit by a German Tiger tank, igniting it. “That flag is personally from him.”

He then read and presented a framed letter of accommodation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States; the subject: Blue Lives Matter. Greenway read the letter to the officers before presenting it to Joe Stewart for the KPD.

The letter was read as follows: For your performance of assigned duties in a truly outstanding manner as members of the Kennett Police Department of the City of Kennett, Missouri, that shows full and appropriate honor to all officers. Kennett Police Officer’s initiative, imagination, organizational abilities, and untiring efforts displayed by the Kennett Officers have contributed significantly …………………… continue reading the full story (with photos) at the source – http://www.dddnews.com/story/2247931.html

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