With 2017 marking the 50th anniversary of both the Vietnam War and Wentzville’s Vietnam War Memorial, the city has enlarged and improved the area around the monument at 203 West Pearce Boulevard.
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen, at the request of Aldermen Michael Rhoades, allocated funds to expand and improve the memorial. The improvements include a raised brick plaza, a stone wall with medallions for the five branches of the military, stone planter boxes with plantings, and lighting. A ramp on the back side makes the raised section wheelchair accessible.
The city will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the site of the memorial, 203 West Pearce Boulevard, between the firehouse and Ehll’s Western Auto.
The ceremony will include remarks from veterans Mayor Nick Guccione and Alderman Michael Rhoades, recognition of Wentzville VFW Post 5327 and Wentzville American Legion Post 323, and a special recognition of all Vietnam Veterans in attendance.
Wentzville’s Vietnam War Memorial has become a traditional stop for the Run for the Wall, when hundreds of motorcyclists make an annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
This year, the Run for the Wall is expected to arrive in Wentzville at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 22. The riders visit the memorial for a ceremony on Tuesday morning before they continue on their journey to the nation’s capitol.