Back in early 2018, a group of veterans got together in East St. Louis, responding to the sad state of the World War One Memorial I had photographed in November of 2017. People didn’t think they could do it, but this Saturday, May 25th, the new memorial, replacing the battered old one that could no longer serve its original purpose, was unveiled. I wrote a couple of articles at St. Louis Magazine about the project, and I was stunned and deeply moved to discover that my name had been included on the rededication plaque that accompanies the new monument. East St. Louis is full of great people, and they deserve more respect than this region and country gives them.
Here’s to more great things happening in East St. Louis.