Memorial Day is a somber day for many who’ve lost loved ones to war:
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to honor the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers. (History.com)
St. Louis’ war memorials stop at the Vietnam war but we’ve clearly been involved in more wars since so we have more men & women to honor. Â TheÂ Missouri Military Memorial Foundation is working to raise money for Â a memorial to honor Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives during recent wars:
We consist of a group of dedicated volunteers (family & friends of fallen military personnel) raising money to build a memorial for our fallen heroes of Missouri. This will be in downtown St. Louis, Missouri in front of Soldiers Memorial (location has been approved). Join us in creating something beautiful to remember our fallen soldiers, of Missouri, who were Killed in Action or a casualty of War during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or the Desert Storm/Desert Shield Wars.
The MMMF is working in conjunction with the American Gold Star Mothers to raise the funds for the memorial. Â Veteren’s Day is November 11th.
- Steve Patterson