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Blunt Participates in Ceremonial Send-Off for Flags Flown Over Vietnam Memorial

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2017) – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today participated in a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The event marked the start of a cross-country trip where an American flag and POW/MIA flag, each of which was flown over the memorial, will make their way to the site of the new Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial Park in Perryville, Mo.
More than 1,400 Missourians fought and died for our country in Vietnam, and we are eternally grateful for their sacrifice,” Blunt said. “Their memories are forever etched in our nation’s history on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, and soon will be on the sister wall in Perryville.”
The Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial Park, which broke ground in March, will include the nation’s first permanent, full-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The flags flown over the memorial today will be transported on the backs of motorcycles from Washington to Perryville.
Blunt continued, “This memorial will give our veterans a place to come together and remember their fellow service members. It will give the families and friends of our fallen heroes and those missing in action a place close to home to honor their loved ones. And, it will remind all who see it that we owe a tremendous debt to our military men and women who laid down their lives to secure our freedom. I’m grateful to all who have worked to bring this powerful piece of American history to Missouri, and look forward to seeing the new memorial.”
Missouri is also home to the nation’s first Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated on Dec. 2, 1967 in Wentzville.

Flags En Route to Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial Park in Perryville