(GOWER, Mo.) A new memorial honoring those who died while serving in the military was unveiled in Gower Monday.
Tony Gardner, a local veteran, is the man behind the project.
"Last fall, Mr. Gardner came to the city counsel requesting permission to design and build a veterans' memorial," said Mayor Chip Holman.
Gardner envisioned a memorial that incorporated all branches of the military. A dozen active duty military members raised flags representing those branches.
"We have 13 rows of bricks so you have 13 stripes on the flag," he said. "We have service plaques from each branch to represent those branches."
Attendees said the memorial is more than just stars and stripes. Gardner said it gives a small town a chance to reflect on what Memorial Day is truly about.
"Memorial Day is just for the fallen," he said. "Just for us to show our respect for all of our brothers and sisters in uniform that have paid the ultimate sacrifice."
The new memorial connected those veterans, local veterans and the community that helped build it. One construction worker, Greg Sager, said he was honored to contribute to the memorial.
"It meant a lot to me to be able to be part of this and I know it meant a lot to the community," Sager said. "It's awfully good for all of them."
The project is dedicated to those who've served, as well as those who've had a hand in bringing it to life.