CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) - Lance Corporal Matthew Clark — a 2002 graduate of Ladue High School— was killed while serving in Iraq, more than six years ago.
On Saturday, friends, family, and fellow Marines remembered Clark at a road sign dedication ceremony.
“Giving one’s life for your country is the highest act of patriotism possible. Lance Corporal Clark was a true patriot for this great country. His bravery and valor are evident. He died defending freedom for the country he loved so dearly,” wrote a master sergeant stationed with Clark in Hawaii. His comments were read to the crowd.
The Matthew Clark “Heroes Way” memorial sign has a permanent spot at I-270 and Ladue Road. A lifelong friend named “Gregory” spoke about Clark’s love of life, and his love of being behind the wheel of a car, “Next time you see this sign, maybe take the long way to your destination or take an unnecessary detour and explore where the road takes you. If you end up lost or show up late to your destination, I can guarantee you Matthew was with you.”
Clark’s mother Lee Hundelt was presented a special gift sent by a fellow Marine of Clark’s, “It is a ballot from the first free Iraqi election subsequent to our defeat of Saddam Hussein. This is the result of Matt’s sacrifice.”
Lee Hundelt capped off the ceremony by reading a heartfelt letter to her late son, “Have I told you that the happiest day of my life was the day you were born? And the most painful was the day they told me you died? How blessed I have been to be a mother to a child like you. You brought out the best of me…”