Every year, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations pays tribute to men and women who lost their lives on the job by coming together with families, friends, colleagues, and legislators. This year, we paid tribute to Missouri's fallen workers at a Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony on April 25, 2022, at the Missouri State Capitol.
During the ceremony, Governor Mike Parson presented a proclamation to Missouri Department of Labor Director Anna Hui, proclaiming April 28, 2022, as Workers’ Memorial Day in Missouri, a day to remember and honor Missouri’s fallen workers and resolve to improve workplace safety in Missouri.
In addition to Governor Parson and Director Hui, special guest speakers during the ceremony included Missouri Department of Corrections Division of Probation & Parole Director Julie Kempker, Missouri Department of Mental Health Chief Medical Director Dr. Angeline Stanislaus, Missouri Division of Labor Standards Director Todd Smith, Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation Director Pamela Lewis, and Missouri Division of Labor Standards Assistant Director/Safety Program Manager Daniel Stark.
Each family of the deceased in attendance at the ceremony received a United States flag, a signed copy of the Governor’s Proclamation, and a flowering dogwood tree seedling, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The Missouri Department of Corrections' Color Guard presented the national and state flags for the event. The Boone County Fire Protection District Pipes and Drums played “Amazing Grace” and performed while the Color Guard presented and retired the colors. The Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble, directed by Michelle Gamblin-Green and accompanied by Cheryl Walker on piano, performed “Trees” as arranged by Carl Deis.