Ralph Barrale to Keynote Lake Saint Louis Memorial Day Ceremony

Military Salute

In keeping with a tradition and true spirit of the importance of honoring the brave Americans who gave their lives for our country in the armed forces, the Lake Saint Louis Veteran’s Committee is presenting a patriotic and solemn Memorial Day Ceremony.

This year’s Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. in the Lake Saint Louis Veterans Memorial Park. The park is directly adjacent to the Lake Saint Louis City Hall and Police Department at the intersection of Interstate 64/U.S. 40 and Lake Saint Louis Boulevard.

This one hour ceremony will feature patriotic musical selections by the Choral Arts Singers along with enthusiastic participation by the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Knights of Columbus. In keeping with the honored traditions of past ceremonies, the Air Force ROTC –Detachment 207 will join with the Color Guard of VFW Post 10350 in honoring our flag.

Ralph Barrale

Our speaker for the Memorial Day Service will be well known to all of the residents of Lake Saint Louis. Ralph Barrale, the Chairman of the Lake Saint Louis Veterans Committee and a World War 2 Veteran who served with bravery and honor in the Battle of the Bulge will address the Memorial Day Ceremony. His talk, titled “Old Soldiers Never Die – They Just Fade Away,” will be very special to all in attendance.

As always, the public is cordially invited to this solemn event to honor our nation’s heroic defenders whose lives were cut tragically short in defense of our country. We must always cherish their memories and their sacrifices.

Your attendance clearly demonstrates your gratefulness for the freedoms and liberties supplied by the heroic sacrifices of our men and women of the armed forces. We can never abandon their memory or allow them to slip from our national conscience.

Although 300 chairs will be provided, it is suggested that you bring along a comfortable lawn chair to accommodate what will be our largest turnout ever. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms if available.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed and observed on May 30, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic by the placement of flowers on the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Proudly, 148 years later, a traditional and meaningful ceremony, under the leadership of the Veteran’s Committee of Lake Saint Louis will again recognize those who gave their last breath of life to their country.

Even though the traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years, the patriotic residents of Lake Saint Louis and surrounding cities have remained loyal and attentive to this important ceremony with attendance growing stronger every year.