Attendees watch buglers play "Taps" in a round at Missouri State University on November 11, 2022. (Photo by Shannon Cay Bowers)

Throughout this week and last, we asked you to take a moment to write a thank you note, share a story, or simply express your gratitude for our service members. Their bravery, sacrifice, and strength do not go unnoticed. To those who have served, and their families, thank you for your time serving this country.

Taps Program at Missouri State University, Nov. 11, 2022. (Video by Shannon Cay Bowers)

Lindsay Thieman Tobin: This is my dad, Robert Thieman and brother, Nathan Thieman. They both attended Missouri State University (different names then!) and were in ROTC. They both became Captains in the Army. My dad was in the Transportation Corps and was stationed in Germany and my brother was in Airborne and stationed in Alaska. Nowadays, they both reside in Springfield where my dad enjoys life as a retired school teacher and my brother serves in the Springfield Police Department. I’m proud of them and their service to our country. 


Martha Odom: The first picture is my father, Adrian William Baker in Japan in World War II. He was an Army Captain. The second is my grandfather, David Lee Hogan from West Plains Missouri, during World War I. He also was an Army Captain.


Jaynie Chowning: My father, Si Siman. In the Navy, he was jokingly called, “Si Siman the Simple Sailor from Springfield, that sailed the seven seas”.


Shelley Elliott: This is my favorite veteran — Charley Stark — 131ST AER WPNS CO 1ST CAV DIV (AM) — ARMY 1964-1966.  Charley currently resides in Republic, Mo. The United States of America: home of the free because of the brave. May their service be not in vain.


Karen Scranton: This is my buddy Robert! He’s fighting a losing battle with Agent Orange. … I would love to be able to honor him on Veterans Day!

Shannon Cay

Shannon Cay, a Kansas City transplant, is the Daily Citizen’s visual journalist, leading efforts around photo, graphics and video for the whole newsroom. Cay also manages the events calendar and obituaries. She joined the Citizen from Carbon Trace Productions, a nonprofit film studio in Springfield, where she served as executive director. Cay obtained her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Missouri State University, worked as a reporter at KTTS and KSMU in Springfield, and as the news director for Earl’s Family Broadcasting in Branson. More by Shannon Cay