Fallen Marine Truck Memorial

ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI ( KPLR )- A hand painted 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck will be a rolling memorial to 25 U.S. Marines killed in Afghanistan.  The truck will be unveiled at Six Flags in Eureka on Memorial Day.

Julie Vinnedge is the mother of one of those fallen U.S. Marines.  The inspiration for the truck came from the death of her son, Phillip Vinnedge.  He was 19.

'We really want them to be honored,' said Julie Vinnedge.

The truck was hand painted with images of Phillip, Afghanistan, Jefferson Barracks and symbols representing each of the 25 fallen Marines.

'We still have a war going on and I don`t think people are aware of that, 'said Julie Vinnedge.

She says a lot of people don`t understand the sacrifices military families make.  She hopes the truck will be seen by Six Flags visitors on Memorial Day and will cause them to pause for

She said she has seen other images and emblems on trucks before.  'We`ve never seen a vehicle that we feel tells a story as strong as this vehicle does,' she said.

To learn more about the U.S. Marines killed in Vinnedge`s battalion go to

The Fallen Heroes Dream Ride will be used by existing charities such as the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots and the Snowball Express.

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