RG and Diane Moore

Diane Moore and husband R.G. have worked tirelessly to honor DeSoto's veterans with a series of monuments and memorials at the DeSoto County Visitors Center, adjacent to Landers Center in Southaven.

Robert Long|DTT

Diane and R.G. Moore are truly people of "monumental faith" in more ways than one.

The couple had faith in a project that has been more than three years in the making to honor DeSoto County's veterans in wars and conflicts dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War with a series of monuments depicting each battle.

For Diane, especially, the effort was a personal quest. She wanted to give a voice to the sacrifices of men and women in uniform — sacrifices which she believes are modeled on the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Even when those voices are often silent, or no longer able to share the stories of blood and sacrifice in the name of freedom.

"My dad and four uncles fought in the war and would not talk about it," said Diane. "My uncle fought in Korea and would not talk about it."

Diane and R.G. Moore, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War era, also had faith their project to honor DeSoto County's veterans would come to fruition after several setbacks.

To their dismay they learned that another monument provider was to have the planned monuments made and shipped from China.

For Diane, who proudly wears a red Eagle T-shirt or her trademark American Flag T-shirt most days, having monuments to America's veterans made overseas rather than in America simply would not do.

The couple and the Veterans Memorial committee opted to go with another vendor which made the series of handsome bronze monuments in Florida.

Then, several individuals who had promised funds for the memorial did not come through in the end.

The couple persevered and this past Friday, each of the monuments was delivered and are ready to be installed.

It's that same kind of faith that promoted the community to restore rural Goodrum Cemetery, site of an annual Memorial Day service each year.

"Without faith, nothing is a possibility," Moore said. "You have to have faith in a higher power in order to get through anything. You have to have that underlying faith that God will help you through anything."

The couple's faith has been tested in more ways than one.

More than six years ago, their granddaughter Lucy was born with short bowel syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition.

"She's been in and out of the hospital for most of her young life," Diane said. "They pulled her (feeding) line in April. They say she is doing well. Prayers are what got her through her situation."

When the memorial project is dedicated, Moore said he has many individuals and local companies to thank, including DeSoto County Government, the City of Southaven, DeSoto Electric, Hernando Redi-Mix, Landers Auto Group and Jeff Field, Titan Fence and Jamison Fence Supply, and many others who stepped up to the plate. Some individuals gave $1,000 individual gifts.

But R.G. Moore reserves most of the praise for his wife of nearly half a century.

"She has spent about 10 hours a day on this project," said R.G. Moore. "She did all the inscription on the markers. She is a hard-working woman who loves the Lord and her community."

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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