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Kirksville Welcomes the Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Luke Callaghan

Recently the Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame held its first induction ceremony in Kirksville Missouri at the Rieger Armory. John Sastry, Chairman of the Board served as Master of Ceremony.   Truman ROTC presented the colors. The National Anthem was performed by the 135th Army Band.  Kirksville Mayor Zac Burden welcomed the more than 200 attendees.  Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe spoke.

Ten individuals were honored:  Lieutenant Colonel Archie Miller; Captain Alexander Skinker; Lieutenant Colonel Delores Carl; First Sergeant Stephen Arnold; Chief Warrant Officer Sherman Neblet; Colonel Mark Randazzo; Chief Warrant Officer Wilbern Rowden; Colonel Elmer R. Parrish; Lieutenant Robert Darwin Elwell; and Command Sergeant Major Eldon Coy.  For more information about the inductees go to

The Board of the Missouri National Guard chose Kirksville to house the new Missouri National Guard Museum.  For the first two years the exhibit will be inside the Adair County Historical Society Museum. The Board plans to eventually have its own museum.

The mission of the Hall of Fame is to commemorate and recognize individuals who have served in the Missouri National Guard or its predecessor, the “Missouri State Militia” and who have made a significant contribution to the National Guard achievements, tradition, or history.


Upcoming & New Events

In Your Own Backyard

Debi Boughton, Kirksville Tourism Director, has some suggestions for enjoying time “In Your Own Backyard.”  For any activities, be sure to follow the CDC guidelines for health and safety.  If you have ideas or suggestions email:

December 3-4

The Missouri Livestock Symposium begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday with a trade show and Beef Dinner at the William Matthew Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove. The keynote speaker, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, will speak at the evening program which begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday the trade show begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Educational Programs are from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. For more information call 660-665-9866 or go to:

Saturday, December 4

The Kirksville Kiwanis Christmas Parade will be held at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Kirksville. The theme this year is Storybook Christmas. The Kiwanis Club is collecting new mittens, hats, coats, and scarves for children in need. For more information email:

Saturday, December 4

Santa arrives in town today! He will be in the Kirksville Kiwanis Christmas parade. Then he will be at the Downtown Cinema 8 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to meet children. For more information go to:

Sunday, December 5

The Truman State University Chorus Concert begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall on the Truman campus. The concert is free. Masks are required inside all buildings on the campus. For more information call 660-785-4417.

Monday, December 6

Do you have your Christmas tree yet? This is the last season for Fouch’s Christmas Tree Farm. They are open 1:00-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends. Hike over the rolling hills and saw down your own tree. They also have fresh wreaths, tree stands, and candy available. For more information call 660-216-7986.

Tuesday, December 7

The Truman Brass Choir concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin Hall Auditorium on the Truman campus. The concert is free. Masks are required inside all buildings on the campus. For more information call 660-785-4417.


Missouri Life Magazine recommends a fun overnight in Kirksville!

Relax, Refresh and Recharge in Kirksville Overnight-REVIEW

Missouri Civil War Passport

Kirksville is proud to be a stop on the Missouri Civil War Passport.  This is a program designed “to keep Missouri’s history alive for the benefit of future generations…”

Ongoing Events

The Sue Ross Arts Center

There are wonderful exhibits at the Sue Ross Arts Center, 215 S. Franklin.  The Gallery is open Monday –Friday 11:00-4:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The KAA asks all visitors to wear a mask and practice social distancing when visiting the exhibit.  For more information call 660-665-0500 or go to:

The Adair County Public Library

There are great activities happening at the Adair County Library!  Check out the events HERE