Missouri Hero Marine Lance Cpl. Leon Deraps to be Honored

If anyone is in this part of the state of Missouri tomorrow, I hope you can find a way to help honor this hero:

Over 5,000 flags will welcome home Lance Corporal Leon Deraps in Jamestown, Missouri.

Will you join us at 2 opportunities to show your support for the sacrifice of Lance Corporal Leon Deraps who will be returned from Kansas City to California, Missouri via Jamestown tomorrow, Monday, May 15 leaving Kansas City around 8:00 p.m.

Please refer to the attachment. Folks can gather in 3 locations on Monday evening or in one area on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Please forward to all you can so we can let the family know we value their son’s service and sacrifice and are here to support them.

Here is more information on Marine Lance Cpl. Leon Deraps procession from the Jefferson City News Tribune:

On Monday, at approximately 8 p.m., his body will arrive at the Kansas City International Airport where he will be picked up and transported to Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home in California.

Officials suggest anyone wishing to show respect should be present with flashlights, flags and signs at three different Mid-Missouri locations late Monday night.

According to Bowling-Cantriel, the procession will:

* Be at the I-70 and Highway 87 junction at Boonville at about 11 p.m.
* Be at Highway 87 North-Highway 179 junction just north of Jamestown at about 11:35-11:40 p.m.; and it will be in Jamestown by 11:45 p.m. or 11:50 p.m.
* Arrive in California at midnight or 12:10 a.m.

If people wish to wait until Tuesday, they should begin lining up by 1:30 p.m. on Route 87 between California and Jamestown as the procession moves to Jamestown High School for the visitation.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Lance Cpl. Deraps will be transported from the Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home in California to the school.

“This is a most unfortunate circumstance, but it has been an opportunity for several communities to come together and show support for the family of Leon Deraps,” said Pat Roe Kerr, Veterans Commission ombudsman. “Several communities have brought well wishes to the family and the community of Jamestown.”

Dale Deraps said his son, the youngest of six children, would answer to several names including Buddy, Bud, Uncle Lon, Bert and Bird Man. He said he was always obedient, a good student and a good friend.

Deraps was an accomplished Eagle Scout, a member of the Jamestown FFA, active in high school sports and an avid outdoorsman.

Message from-
George M Lauer with Troop Support &
Pat Kerr State Veterans Ombudsman

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