U.S. Army Ranger Specialist Ryan C. Garbs of Edwardsville, Illinois was killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 18, 2007. His parents, Doug and Jill Garbs of Edwardsville built the Ryan C. Garbs Gold Star Monument shortly thereafter. Made of bronze (sculpted by Michele Middleton) and granite (designed by Jerry Lager), located in downtown Edwardsville City Park, the monument features the names of all the Edwardsville area soldiers that have died while in service. The dates extend from World War I to present and include 79 names. A website designed by Inlandesign of Edwardsville, www.ryangarbsgoldstarmemorial.com contains all aspects and features of the memorial.
On Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10AM the dedication ceremony was conducted by Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur.
Featured speakers, U.S. Congressman John Shimkus and Il. Senator Bill Haine addressed those attending, the Edwardsville Muny Band provided musical entertainment, Fred Barringer sang the National Anthem and Doug and Jill Garbs read the names of the soldiers on the monument.