This bronze eagle stands at Veterans Memorial Park in Boonville, Mo. It pays tribute to all branches of the U.S. military, and to those fallen and those still serving.
Missouri is home to one Army base, Fort Leonard Wood. It is a training post in the remote Ozark region of the state.
Whiteman Air Force Base is in Johnson County near Knob Noster, Mo. Its 509th Bomb Wing is responsible for the B-2 bomber plane. The base serves as a joint facility with members of the Army, Navy and Air Force also on-site.
This seal made me stop and pause. My father was a Marine. When he met a fellow Marine, I heard “Semper Fi.” And when I finally excelled at something that I had failed at time and time again, he’d let out a loud “Oorah!”
The small town of Boonville is home to many who served in the U.S. Navy. The monument shares how there were veterans of the Navy, including several from the Korean War to current.
The Coast Guard is unique. It is part of the Department of Homeland Security, but it is considered military service. During times of war or conflict, the president can transfer the assets from the Coast Guard to the U.S. Navy. It is the coastal defense and maritime law enforcement branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Etched into the black granite is a tribute to soldiers who fought in early wars such as World War I to secure our freedom in the U.S.
Veterans Memorial Park wanted to pay tribute to those still serving in the U.S. military, so a more modern rendition of weapons and gear are etched in granite.