PHOTOS: Dedication of Missouri's Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Aug. 7, 2021, near the entrance to the Veterans' Plaza and the new Bicentennial Bridge on the State Capitol grounds


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A crowd of patriotic Missourians gathers around the the newly installed Gold Star Families Memorial Marker near the state's Veterans' Plaza on the grounds of the Missouri State Capitol Aug. 7.  The imposing granite monument honors families who lost loves ones in service to their country.  “This memorial should serve as a reminder that we are free because of them” and the sacrifices they made, said Sandra Deraps, mother of a U.S. Marine who died while serving in Iraq. “And please, also remember them as the family they are to us.” (25 photos)