Due to the snow expected to fall our area on Monday, the special Veterans Day Ceremony that marks the opening of Veterans Memorial Garden at Veterans Tribute Park, 1031 Kisker Road in Weldon Spring, has been RESCHEDULED to SUNDAY, Nov. 10. This extraordinary event will still take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and is hosted by St. Charles County Government, and sponsored by the St. Charles County Veterans Committee and the St. Charles City Veteran's Commission. Please join the Parks Department to honor and recognize those who have served our country.
During this commemorative event, participants of all ages can tour the new garden, which features the Veterans Memorial Plaza with the names of St. Charles County soldiers who died in service to our nation engraved on stone panels (featured in photo above). They also will get to participate in a Tribute Walk along the patriotic garden that highlights commemorative pavers displayed in star-shaped designs and interpretive panels that cover conflicts from the time St. Charles County was organized in 1812 to present day wars.
Keynote speakers at the event include County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Lt. Col. Samuel W. Kline, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood. District 3 County Councilman Mike Elam, who served in the United States Navy, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and District 4 County Councilman Dave Hammond, a U.S. Army veteran, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayors Dan Borgmeyer, St. Charles; Len Pagano, St. Peters; and Nick Guccione, Wentzville, all veterans, will read the names of St. Charles County soldiers who died while serving our country.
Other guests participating in the ceremony include the St. Charles Municipal Band; the St. Charles County Police Department Honor Guard; accomplished singer/songwriter Rev. Dr. Randy Mayfield; and Monsignor Michael Butler, pastor of Saint Clement of Rome Catholic Church in Des Peres and a retired U.S. Air Force and Missouri National Guard chaplain. The Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 6 will lay a wreath at the memorial, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 will perform a 21-gun salute, and local businessman/musician Mike Boschert will end the program with Taps.
If weather permits, after the ceremony, children and their families are invited to participate in a variety of patriotic crafts and activities under the Sammelmann Pavilion in the park. These fun activities are presented by the Parks Department, St. Charles City-County Library District, and St. Charles County Veterans Museum. The St. Charles County Parks Foundation will be on hand selling $100 commemorative bricks for the garden’s Memorial Plaza, and the St. Charles County Government Veterans Best Practices Working Group is hosting a “Support Our Troops Care Package Drive” for soldiers overseas. Light refreshments will be served and everyone goes home with a miniature American flag.
To learn more, visit stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.