On the 75th anniversary of the ending of WW2, Sunday we remembered the fallen from Missouri during the conflict. The name of 4000 Missouri soldiers were read aloud at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum. The reading of names was organized by Mike LeBlanc and the Knights of Columbus, O’Fallon.
The colors were posted by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Battleship Missouri Division, Lt. Tom Gamboe (retired) Commanding. After an invocation by Deacon Richard Tadlock, the reading of names began at 1:00 PM with World War II veteran Ed Echelmeyer at the podium. Each name was punctuated by the ringing of a bell.
On the wall of the museum is thirteen words: “No one is ever gone, as long as someone has memories of them.” By reading their names and remembering our veterans, they are alive in our hearts.