Today (Friday) begins the annual two-day Retiree Appreciation Days celebration at Fort Leonard Wood. The event hasn’t been held the past two years due to the Covid pandemic. Some of the events include a bus tour of the post and a dinner this evening. Here’s Leslie Dillard, a spokesperson for Retiree Appreciation Days.

Today’s schedule of events includes a bus tour of Fort Wood, departing from the Nutter Fieldhouse parking lot at 12:30. There will be a retirement ceremony from 3 to 5 this afternoon at Lincoln Hall Auditorium, and a retirement dinner in the engineer Regimental Room at the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex.
The events start tomorrow with a free breakfast for retirees and their dependents at the Masonic Lodge Number 375 at 1409 Ousley Road in Waynesville. Then, events will shift to Fort Wood the rest of the day, starting with a ceremony and speech by retired Command Sergeant Major William Lewis at 8:30 at Abrams Theater. Registration will begin at 7:30.
The goal of Retiree Appreciation Day is to provide retirees and their families with information, services, and assistance concerning their personal affairs, benefits, privileges, rights, and entitlements. Call 573-596-0947 for details.