In the year 2000, 100 burial plots for all veterans were set aside in the Lake Park Memorial Garden, on Highway 39 in Shell Knob. The land included a memorial area where a lighted flag pole, meditation benches and a large stone monument were constructed. Inscribed on one side of the monument, under the flags, it reads, “In honor of all who served in defense of our country.” Despite its proximity to the highway, the setting is serene and is situated just far enough away to invite quiet reflection. While there, visitors should notice that memorial bricks have been placed around the meditation benches. These bricks commemorate departed Post 2203 veterans and include the name of the individual veteran and the U.S. Flag inscribed on each brick. Currently, there are 154 commemorative bricks, all paid and installed by members of Shell Knob’s VFW Memorial Post 2203. As Veterans Day approaches, it’s appropriate to give thanks to all American veterans, living or deceased, who served our nation during war or peacetime. They represent why we are a free people. Contributed photo
In the year 2000, 100 burial plots for all veterans were set aside in the Lake Park Memorial Garden, on Highway 39 in Shell Knob.