Edina resident Eddie Anderson was recently named one of 24 recipients of the Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Veteran’s Service Award for 2014.
Eddie Anderson first heard about the award when he received a call in early October from fourth district state Representative Craig Redmon’s office asking for information they could use to nominate him. Anderson says he began working with local veterans when he left military service in 1982. Anderson was asked to begin assisting with military funerals by James Lay, a Knox County American Legion member. When Lay was no longer able to conduct the funerals, Johnson took over his responsibilities. Since then, Johnson has organized local veterans to salute their fellow soldiers one last time.
Anderson also spends his time taking care of administrative duties for the Knox County American Legion, organizes Memorial Day services in the area and works with students competing in the American Legion Oratorical Contest. He said he was humbled when he learned he had received the award, but he also thought about those just as deserving.
Anderson says, “James Lay had been going out and putting flags on veteran’s graves. He, his wife, and family have been doing that for 50 years. It’s too bad they didn’t have this type of program back then to recognize him for all he has done.”
Representative Craig Redmon nominated Johnson for the award after learning about his work with students in preparing Memorial Day services and in the American Legion contest.
Redmon says he is glad to hear that Johnson is being recognized for his work.