August 09, 2021
WASHINGTON – Ahead of Missouri’s bicentennial on August 10, 2021, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following video celebrating 200 years of the Show-Me state.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“Today, we celebrate 200 years of Missouri statehood. On this date, two centuries ago, Missouri entered the Union as its 24th state.
"And you can’t talk about American history without talking about Missouri history – especially the men and women whose achievements helped shape who we are today, and where we are today.
"Political leaders like President Harry S. Truman, Virginia Minor, Annie White Baxter, and Phyllis Schlafly. Literary giants like Mark Twain and Maya Angelou. Inventors and innovators like George Washington Carver, Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, and Rush Limbaugh. And trailblazing athletes like Jackie Robinson, Buck O’Neil, and Satchel Paige.
"Today, you can visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City to learn more about these sports legends and the Kansas City Monarchs and that incredible Negro League impact on our country and the transition to a different America with an integrated Major League program.
"You know, as a former history teacher, one of the things I appreciate most about Missouri are all the places where you can see and experience our history. You can stop by 'America’s Hometown' of Hannibal, Missouri, or see the birthplace of Route 66 in my hometown of Springfield. You can visit the newly renovated Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center or the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence.
"And, a place that’s really special to me – one of America’s newest national parks and the first historical national park in our state – Ste. Genevieve. Missouri is also the site of the National World War I Museum and the Memorial in Kansas City and the replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Perryville. And, of course, the Arch – the Gateway to the West.
"There’s a lot to learn in Missouri, and a lot to see. We’re home to national treasures like the Ozark National Scenic Waterways, the Mark Twain National Forest, and the Lake of the Ozarks.
"We’ve got some great stadiums and some great teams. Sports have always been a big part of our state. In the last few years, we’ve brought home both the Stanley Cup and the Lombardi Trophy. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals, the St. Louis Blues and the Cardinals all have incredibly loyal fans – many whose love for their team spans generations. The Special Olympics Training Center in Jefferson City is unique in America.
"From our famous Kansas City barbecue to the ice cream cone, which made its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904, Missouri has also put itself on the map when it comes to quintessential American food.
"But what really makes it such a privilege to represent this great state in the United States Senate are the values that define Missourians.
"Time and time again over the past 200 years, the people of Missouri have demonstrated tremendous patriotism and dedication to our country. There are more than 410,000 veterans and 36,000 active duty and reserve military personnel in Missouri. Our state plays a vital role in our nation’s defense with major installations like Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West headquarters in St. Louis.
"I’m grateful to all those who serve – in our armed forces, in law enforcement, and as firefighters. This last year has been especially challenging as we navigated a once-in-a-generation pandemic. To all the health care professionals, medical researchers, the teachers, and the parents who went above and beyond for us – we owe you a deep debt of gratitude. Thank you for that.
"Missouri has so many achievements over the past 200 years to think about and commemorate.
"Our bicentennial is a time to celebrate the significant contributions Missouri has made to the United States and to the world. With our remarkable past, Missouri has a bright future ahead of us.
"Happy 200 years, Missouri!”