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Community helps expand Perry County, Mo. veterans wall of honor

More than 200 names were unveiled in an expansion to the Perry County Veteran's Wall of Honor in Perryville, Missouri Sunday, April 12. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) More than 200 names were unveiled in an expansion to the Perry County Veteran's Wall of Honor in Perryville, Missouri Sunday, April 12. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Each name was paid for individually by family, friends, and other community sponsors. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Each name was paid for individually by family, friends, and other community sponsors. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
With the new expansion, there's now nearly 500 names on this monument dedicated to veterans that served from across Perry County. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) With the new expansion, there's now nearly 500 names on this monument dedicated to veterans that served from across Perry County. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - More than 200 names were unveiled in an expansion to the Perry County Veteran's Wall of Honor in Perryville, Missouri Sunday, April 12.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Perryville Center Park for the ceremony on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The idea for the project was sprung by Michael Lundy, President of the Perry County Military Museum.

The original project began in 2011 and became a reality in 2014, when the first phase of the monument etched in stone more than 300 names of Perry County veterans.

“It's grown into this enormous community involvement to honor all the veterans of Perry County," Lundy said.

Lundy said he and his wife, Vicki, didn't think the project would ever have gotten so big -- Now, they plan to grow it as large as possible.

“There are 4,000 veterans living and deceased in Perry County.," Lundy said. "And we hope that some day we'll have all of them on here.”

Navy Veteran William Baer, a Perry County native who came from St. Louis with his children and grandchildren -- said he's proud to see his name on the wall next to his his father and uncles too.

“That's a beautiful scene on there. Whoever did this did good work," Baer said. "It's very emotional, kind of brought you to tears hearing some of the stories."

Korean war veteran Raymond Rauh said he's humbled that his name is on the wall.

“It makes me feel pretty humbled… That many people helped get this wall up," Rauh said.

Each name was paid for individually by family, friends, and other community sponsors.

With the new expansion, there's now nearly 500 names on this monument dedicated to veterans that served from across Perry County.

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