The Second Annual Spirit of Democracy Celebration & Banquet is on November 6, 2021, at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As we commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the founding of the Stars and Stripes, our nation's military newspaper, we want you to join us in celebration.
During this year's event, we have partnered with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to celebrate our nation's Medal of Honor recipients. We will feature their heroic stories and celebrate the bravery of a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words "courage" and "selfless service." Throughout the evening, you will be reminded of the values embodied by the Medal of Honor and invited to find ways to model courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism.
Major General Cassie Strom will be the host for the evening; Medal of Honor Recipient, James McCloughan will be our keynote speaker; and the Jerry Ford Orchestra will be playing patriotic and big band music.
The region of Southeast Missouri played a large role at the beginning of the Stars and Stripes. During the Civil War, ten soldiers used the Bloomfield Herald offices to print the first Stars and Stripes publication. The mission of the National Stars and Stripes Museum & Library is the documentation, preservation, and communication of the iconic story of the Stars and Stripes newspaper and the commitment and service of the Stripers, our military and everyday citizens.
We are excited to showcase the courage and sacrifice of our nation's Medal of Honor Recipients as we celebrate 160 years of Stars and Stripes. We hope we can count on your support.