Veteran's Memorial Opens in Jefferson City
"Being a representative, being a veteran, having worked in industry and having led men and women in combat, it meant a lot," Rep. Jack Jackson said.
There were moments of prayer and songs of both joy and sorrow during the dedication ceremony.
"I saw tears, I saw laughter, I saw young people who are willing, who will take the place of people like myself and other veterans," Jackson said.
There was also a sense of appreciation.
"People are always saying thank you. People are always saying, and I saw that in the crowd today," Jackson said.
The memorial is located in front of the Jefferson City Police Department. More than 1,000 bricks that make up the memorial have been dedicated to war veterans, and more than a thousand more remain blank.