VFW District 15 members, members of their auxiliaries and a few guest recently traveled for an early preview of the new Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial, located just north of Perryville, Mo. off Route AC.
Once completed the memorial will feature a full-scale black granite model of the Vietnam Wall identical to the one in Washington, D.C.
It will also have a gift shop, museum and event center where organizations, individuals and businesses can host receptions, celebrations and other events.
A cemetery and scatter oak grove where loved ones can spread the remains of their veteran will be located on the grounds that spread over 46 acres.
A grand opening celebration for the Missouri National Veterans Memorial is set for May 2019. Visit www.mnvmfund.org to learn more about the memorial and explore opportunties to support their mission.
Those from Southern Illinois making the trip to Perryville, pictured above, included Jimmy and Marilyn Melton, Mounds; Kevin and Atticus Newton, Vienna; Lonnie and Cathy Hinton, Vienna; John Metzger, Benton; Richard and Karen Brumley, Vienna; Michal and Diana Newton, Vienna; William Hatfield, Marion; Ron Phillips, Marion; Bill Rice, Marion; Lynn Smith, Vienna; Jo Lynn Altvatter, Vienna; Marilyn Crawford, Anna; and Clarence and Pat Caraker, Mounds.