The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial
The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial honors Gold Star Families, preserves the memory of the fallen, and stands as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. The College, in cooperation with the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, established this monument to pay tribute to Gold Star Families. One side pays tribute to all Gold Star Mothers, Fathers, and Relatives who lost a loved one in military service. The other side symbolizes the State of Missouri:
Homeland: The flowering dogwood, Missouri’s state tree, anchors the first panel featuring a grist mill, which is a longstanding historical site along the beautiful rivers throughout our state.
Family: The family photo is a representation of families, near and far, who have lost a loved one in service to our country.
Patriot: The hoisting of the flag at Iwo Jima symbolizes the patriots who served, many who died, defending the ideals of freedom on behalf of our great nation.
Sacrifice: The solemn photo of the young man paying respects at a military cemetery reminds us to always remember and respect those who died and to honor the families they left behind.
A silhouette of a saluting service member in the center represents the Loved One who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Freedom.