BLOOMFIELD - The Stars and Stripes Museum/Library Association, was founded in 1991, in an effort to preserve the history of the United States Armed Forces military newspaper, the Stars and Stripes, at its birthplace.
But it's much more than that. The facility also serves as a tribute to those who have risked their lives to fight for their country and in a few days some of Dexter's own will be honored there.
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday the Stars and Stripes Museum will be the site of a dedication ceremony for a Desert Storm Memorial to honor the 1221st Transportation Company out of Dexter.
For Terry Adams, the ceremony holds a special meaning. Not only is she the Family Readiness Support Leader for the unit, but the wife of a member of the group that was mobilized Nov. 17, 1990, and reported to Fort Leonard Wood two days later.
"I do not feel any of the soldiers expect anything in return for their service to their country, but I feel that they deserve the recognition," said Adams.
"I feel that as a country we need to be reminded of all who are willing to give their all for their country and I think this ceremony will help remind us of that. We thank everyone who contributed financially to this project, including Jackson Monument that did the monument."
The keynote speaker for the event will be Gen. Charles Kruse who was the commander of the 1221st in the early 1970s. Also among those invited are Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Rep. Bill Foster, Rep. Rob Mayer, Rep. Lanie Black, Rep. Peter Myers, Brig. Gen. Buck Hunter, Mayor Joe Weber of Dexter and the Dexter Board of Aldermen.
The afternoon agenda includes posting of colors, a moment of remembrance for veterans and an opening prayer.
There will be a recognition of special guests, some words by the speaker and the presentation of the memorial for the Desert Storm veterans. Following the benediction, the Missouri Honor Guard will form for the retiring of colors and a reception will follow in the museum.
Although invitations were sent out, organizers did not have physical or email addresses for everyone in the unit and Adams stressed their presence is needed.
"I think the soldiers and their families will appreciate knowing that they have not been forgotten which has been the case so many times," added Adams. "I would like to see family and friends of the unit along with other veterans attend this.
"I also think it is a good idea for our children to be involved," she said. "This is a great opportunity to view the museum for those who may not have seen it before or for anyone wanting to see it again. We are so very fortunate to have this museum close to us."