The local chapter, Chapter 140, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Missouri Veterans Cemetery Fort Leonard Wood, guests, and onlookers attended the unveiling and dedication of the new Purple Heart Monument at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery Fort Leonard Wood Monday morning.
The monument was the result of fundraising by the local chapter, the community, and local leaders to honor military service members wounded in service to their country.
To earn a Purple Heart, a military service member must be wounded or killed as the result of actions by opposing forces while serving in our armed forces.
The ceremony was held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 7, the anniversary of the day General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit, originally an embroidered Purple Heart, to be bestowed on wounded or killed soldiers serving in the Continental Army.
In attendance at Monday's dedication were local leaders, such as Rep. Steve Lynch, Brigadier General Donna Martin, Commandant U.S. Army Military Police School Fort Leonard Wood, and Waynesville Councilman Clarence Liberty, as well as John Dismer, State Commander Military Order of the Purple Heart, Dan Barnes, Commander Chapter 140 Military Order of the Purple Heart, and family, friends, community members and Purple Heart recipients.
The monument states, on the back side, in dedication, "For those with the scars who answered the call, for those resting here, we mourn your fall, in this fiel of honor, we'll never forget, our brothers and our sisters, our cheeks are still wet. To support and defend from sea to sea, the veteran knows that freedom is never free."
On the front side of the monument, it's noted that it's dedicated to all Purple Heart recipients "In honor of all who lost their lives or were wounded in combat in any war. All gave some. Some gave all."