Bob Ridings of Perryville presented an American flag to the staff of the Southeast Cancer Center on Jan. 30. Ridings has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer and was unable to attend the flag raising, but his wife Vivian and sons Mickey and Billy were present, along with Cancer Center staff members, when the flag was raised at the Cancer Center on Feb. 6.
A Vietnam War veteran, Ridings says presenting the flag was a way to recognize both his fellow veterans and the Cancer Center staff. “I wanted to honor those from my Vietnam veterans group that we’ve lost,” he says. “We worked together, played together and got in trouble together. We were like brothers.” He also wanted to show appreciation to the staff at the Cancer Center. “They treat you like family and make you feel at home. I’ve had a good experience here.”
Ridings served our country for more than 15 years. He spent seven years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, serving in radio communications. He also served in both the Navy and Army Reserves, and he is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Veteran Bob Ridings presents a flag to Southeast Cancer Center staff members. From left: Janet Berry, Kenda Girod, Shana Klipfel, Terri Stuckey, Bob Ridings, Allison Wilson and Rachel Craig.