ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) – They started at 9:11 on Friday night, and expect to be there all night; reading that many names will take about 12 hours. The families of those who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan read the names of 6,502 fallen servicemen.
Despite the cold and threat of snow, dozens of people lined up to read the names of those they lost, and to stand in solidarity with others who had similar stories. Sargent Richard Haye read the names of 11 of the men he served with in Iraq over two tours of duty.
“My best friend’s name is on that list,” Haye said.
He came to spend the night in the cold because he said it’s important for people in the community to remember the sacrifice of service. He says it’s not uncommon for people to become indifferent to the lives lost overseas. He says he can only hope events like this one and the parade this weekend to raise some awareness.
Candles were lit and placed with pictures on the steps of the memorial. After the reading, the parade will begin Saturday at noon at Kiener Plaza, and last about two hours.
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