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Freedom Corner Re-dedicated

Freedom Corner Re-dedicated
By: Crystal Britt

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Many of you will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with picnics and fireworks.  But, in the midst of tradition there's something we can't forget: the price of freedom.

In Cape Girardeau Wednesday morning, local veterans and members of the community gathered to rededicate Freedom Corner at Capaha Park.  For decades, the corner along Broadway in Cape Girardeau has quietly signified the sacrifices brave men and women made for our freedom.

"This community and this region now has a new resource to teach our young and to remind the old," said Dr. Frank Nickell with Southeast Missouri State University. 

Thanks to local veterans like Ron Wilson, Freedom Corner has a new look that includes updated columns and new bricks honoring another 20 men from the Cape Girardeau area who died serving our country.

"That's the important part to me, to have these names surround the Statue of Liberty signifying freedom's not free. There was a heck of a price paid for it," said Ron Wilson. 

Rosemary Seyer reflects on the ultimate sacrifice her cousin Gerald Brant made.

"It's been so long ago, he was my age and he died in Iwo Jima. I think it's very important. They gave their lives for us. The least we can do is come out and honor them," said Seyer.

The memorial honors 244 men and one woman, beginning with World War I. 

"No man is ever forgotten as long as his name is still spoken. So, my objective is that people will come along, read this, speak the name that these people who died for this country are never forgotten. They gave their all," said Wilson.

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