In keeping with a Lake Saint Louis tradition of honoring those brave men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives for our country, the Lake Saint Louis Veteran’s Committee and Committee Chairman Ralph Barrale cordially invite everyone to attend a patriotic and solemn Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m.
Once again, the 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony will be held in the beautiful Lake Saint Louis Veteran’s Memorial Park, located adjacent to the Lake Saint Louis Civic Hall and Police Department.
Lake Saint Louis residents are very loyal to this ceremony and the large crowd will find ample parking directly across the street in the Schnuck’s parking lot. Feel free to safely walk across the street from Schnuck’s with the support of the Lake Saint Louis Police Cadets.
While the traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years in many areas of our country, the residents of Lake Saint Louis and surrounding cities have remained extremely loyal to this ceremony with the attendance growing every year.
Memorial Day has a proud history since May 30, 1868, when it was first proclaimed as Decoration Day by General John Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, when flowers were placed on the graves of the Union and Confederate Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It is with great pride that 149 years later the residents of Lake Saint Louis, and surrounding cities will participate in a meaningful and carefully planned ceremony which recognizes those who gave their last breath of life to our country.
This one hour ceremony will be a total community event featuring many caring residents of our community such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus plus outstanding musical, military, religious, and patriotic tributes to our Veterans who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. A highlight of the musical tributes will be the vocal renditions of the Choral Art Singers.
Our guest speaker is a man who has divided his professional life between the US Marines and the City of Lake Saint Louis as the chief of police. Chief Mike Force will be retiring soon from a remarkable career with the Lake Saint Louis Police Department and this is a wonderful opportunity to hear his address, “Heroes, Who Are They?”
The honored traditions of this ceremony will be maintained at the Lake Saint Louis Veteran’s Memorial Park with the presence of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 207 and the Color Guard of VFW Post 10350 in honoring our flag and our veterans.
We anticipate a beautiful day for our tribute to Veterans with 300 chairs being available for those in attendance, while it is also suggested that you bring along a comfortable chair to accommodate what will be our largest turnout ever.
Memorial Day is a national holiday and with our children and grandchildren being out of school we look forward to seeing many young people in attendance to learn about the heroes who make their lives free.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniform, if possible.