Veterans Day Program
Friday, November 11th at 11am - 11-11-11
We Owe Our Veterans A Debt We Can Never Fully Repay
The long time tradition of honoring all of our Veterans on Veterans Day is proudly continuing in Lake Saint Louis at Veterans Memorial Park. With a continued spirit of patriotism and honor, the Lake Saint Louis Veterans Committee has carefully planned a moving and patriotic Veterans Day Observance on Friday, November 11th at 11am.
We urge all attendees to come early and find a seat to prepare for an exciting fly-over at the beginning of the ceremony by a UH-1 Helicopter.
This special event will be held at the finest Veterans Memorial Park in Missouri, Lake Saint Louis Veterans Memorial Park. The park is conveniently located adjacent to the Lake Saint Louis City Hall/Police Department at the intersection of I-64/U.S. 40 and Lake Saint Louis Blvd.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to honor our United States Veterans by attending the most important hour of the year to say thank you to the men and women of our armed forces. Invite a family member, bring a friend, do what is right by attending and honoring those who always answer the call for our country.
All Veterans in attendance are encouraged to wear their uniforms, if available. Veterans can also be easily recognized and honored by the wearing of a military cap or jacket designating their branch of service to our country.
The sole purpose of Veterans Day is the patriotic celebration of all the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. First known as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War 1, this special day was not observed until 1926. Then, in 1938, it became a national holiday until the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by order of President Dwight Eisenhower. There are less than 600,00 World War 2 Veterans remaining today along with the passing of Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans. This clearly portrays the importance of honoring each and every one of the honorable men and women of the U.S. Military who performed their duty for the country without hesitation.
We are honored to have Lake Saint Louis Resident Gary Turner, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (ret.) as the speaker for our Veterans Day Ceremony. Lake Saint Louis Mayor Jason Law will give opening remarks and his 11 year old daughter Harper Law will lead us all in the Pledge of Allegiance,
A wide variety of patriotic music for this year's Veterans Day Ceremony will certainly be a highlight for all in attendance. The Choral Arts Singers return with beautifully and patriotically arranged music by this outstanding group of local vocalists. We are also pleased to present two outstanding renditions of patriotic brass music by the "Trumpets For Freedom" performed by Eric Livingston and Mickey Olsen. Mary Beth Johnson, a nationally recognized vocal artist will proudly sing our National Anthem.
Everyone in attendance should be prepared for an exciting "flyover" at the beginning of our ceremony. Flying over the lake and then hovering over our ceremony at 11am will be a UH-1 Helicopter from the Sky Soldiers Demonstration Team of the Gateway Chapter of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. They are based in the Creve Coeur Airport. This will be an exciting way to look into the sky as this large helicopter circles above our ceremony.
Two traditions of the annual ceremony will be the participation of the Police Academy Cadets and the Ralph Barrale VFW Post 10350. The Police Academy Cadets gives us a wonderful opportunity to observe the quality men and women who will soon be members of Police Departments throughout the county. Once again, the Veterans of the VFW Color Guard of the Ralph Barrale VFW Post 10350 will march and stand proudly as a tribute to their devotion to our country.
Beginning precisely at 11am and ending at 11:50am, we strongly encourage all of you to attend what we believe is the finest tribute to the men and women of our armed forces in the county, and possibly the state. Ample parking is available for all who attend in the Lake Saint Louis City Hall parking lot with larger availability directly across the street in the Schnuck's parking lot. 300 chairs will be in place at the Veterans Memorial Park, but it is suggested that lawn chairs are brought to assure that all in attendance will find a great seat to view this special ceremony.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UPCOMING ATTENDANCE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH AT 11 AM.