After serving in the Army for 23 years, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Richard “Rick” Morris of Waynesville has continued to dedicate his life serving others.
After serving in the Army for 23 years, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Richard "Rick" Morris of Waynesville has continued to dedicate his life serving others.
And yesterday, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder honored Morris for his years of service to his country and the community in front of a crowd of more than thirty people with the Veterans Service Award.
"Rick has been a key leader in support of active soldiers and veterans." Kinder said. " He is the epitome of a selfless servant.
During his time in the military, Morris has held several leadership and specialized positions, dedicating his time and talents to the Audie Murphy Club (SAMC), an organization helping service members and families. He also organized and activated the first Military Police Regimental Association Chapter.
"He has long history of stepping forward to help our service men and women," Kinder said.
Morris' long list of Army accomplishments and awards, including a Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, seven awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, five awards of the Army Commendation Medal, eight awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Military Police Corps Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze, according to the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce website.
"Rick has demonstrated that he has the heart of a true servant,"Kinder said.
As a key leader of the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) anr led the effort to raise over $150,000 for the Wounded Warrior Fund, which assists combat wounded and injured soldiers and their families. He currently the president of local chapter.
"It's a humbling experience and an honor to be here," Morris said after receiving the award.
During his speech, Morris thanked several organizations that help out soldiers and veterans and strengthen the community including AUSA, Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, Rotary club, Committee of 50, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce and Fort Wood Hotels.
"This is one of the top three most patriotic communities in the nation and if you look around, you'll know why," said Morris.
This is the second time in two weeks Peter Kinder has been in Pulaski County to honor a local veteran for their dedication in service. Marge Scott of Waynesville was honored last week with the Missouri Lieutenant Governor's Veterans Service Award.
"The institute of this award here is for a way for the grateful citizens of Missouri to recognize our state's hometown heroes and to shine a positive light on your selfless services." Kinder said.