Fellow Patriots and Citizens

    Chapter 125 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is an organization of Combat Wounded Veterans who are committed to honoring this nations fallen heroes and their families in Missouri.

    We will hold ceremonies with other Patriots and Veteran Organizations to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving this great Nation. The way we accomplish this is via our 'Fallen Hero' memorial ceremonies.


Memorial plagues are presented to the families of the Fallen Heroes at ceremonies throughout Missouri. Presently we have one hundred and six Missouri heroes.


    It is important that the families of our fallen heroes know how much we appreciate and honor the sacrifice their love ones have made.

We welcome those of you who would like to partner with us in this effort.

Contact information is available on the officers page.

Donations to support these Ceremonies should be mailed to:

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund

FENTON, MO 63026



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To view each ceremony & photos click on the below links, return to this page to view the next.



Ceremonies are set up by area of the state considering the home town and driving distances for the families

Lake Charles Park Cemetery & Mausoleum Memorial Monument

Ceremony to be held November 16, 2009

Public and all Veterans invited, this monument honors all veterans and all wars.

Sergeant Edward Forrest, Jr. Ceremony by

Cedar Hill, Mo, VFW Post 5331

St Louis area Ceremony

Leadington/Farmington area Ceremony

Planning Future Ceremonies

All Missouri Fallen Heroes listed here

"Freedom Is Not Free" Written by Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze;
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform,
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought... how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves
No, Freedom is not Free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play,
And felt a sudden chill;

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend;

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands.
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No. Freedom is not Free!

ęCopyright 1981 by Kelly Strong

Unites States Coast Guard

This poem is important to Kelly because he wrote it as a high school senior (JROTC cadet) at Homestead High,

Homestead, FL. in 1981. It is a tribute to his father, a career marine who served two tours in Vietnam.

When he finds others trying to take credit for the authorship of the poem,

Kelly sees it as a dishonor to the man who inspired the poem, his Dad.

Kelly is now an active duty Coast Guard pilot living in Mobile and serving at the US Coast Guard Aviation Training Center.

He has three kids and a great wife, Najwa, who just completed work at the Miami VA clinic as a physical therapist.