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Top Veterans Day Events In St. Louis

November 4, 2013 6:00 AM

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In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson started the ball rolling on honoring our nation’s servicemen and women by proclaiming November 11 to be Armistice Day. In 1926, the Congress sent a resolution to President Calvin Coolidge’s desk, making November 11 a national holiday. In 1945, President Dwight Eisenhower supported the idea to turn the holiday, that began as a day to honor World War I veterans, into a day which honored all United Stated veterans. And in 1954, Congress amended an act to replace “Armistice” with “Veterans” and we have been celebrating Veterans Day ever since. Here are some great ways to commemorate the day around the St. Louis region.

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St. Louis Veteran’s Day Parade
1315 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
www.facebook.com/STLVeteransDayParade

Date: Nov. 9, 2013

What better way to honor our nation’s bravest men and women than with the pomp and circumstance of a parade! It just wouldn’t be Veterans Day in St. Louis without this traditional parade, marching through down town. The parade route begins at Chestnut and Tucker and winds to 14th street and then to Market Street as it comes to an end on the corner of 20th and Market. While the start time is TBA, you’ll want to get there early to get the best spot to view all of the pageantry of our nation’s fabulous military splendor.

Related: Top Spots In St. Louis That Offer A Military Discount

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“I Was A Soldier” – Photos By Jerry Tovo
Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 746-4599
www.mohistory.org

Soldiers and veterans are people, too. According to the Missouri History Museum, it is estimated that there are more than 200,000 veterans in homeless shelters, or living on the streets, across the nation. While we all look up to the bravery of our nation’s military, we seldom stop to think about the personalities, struggles, fears, triumphs and emotions of the individuals that have worn the uniform. The MHM hosts an exhibit, by Jerry Tovo, which highlights the other side of our military personnel, and the struggles of homeless veterans. This exhibit began in July and runs through January 20, 2014. Admission is free to the public.

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Soldier’s Memorial Military Museum
1315 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-4550
www.stlsoldiersmemorial.org

In 1935, under the leadership of Mayor Bernard F. Dickmann, Soldiers Memorial Museum was built to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice that enabled Americans to prosper in their way of life. President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to St. Louis to dedicate the building site in 1936. Inside, the two galleries contain collections of military memorabilia and artifacts for you to enjoy. Exhibits consist of donations of wartime, battlefront and home-front memorabilia that tell the story of the times. The intent of the museum is to educate and help you live the experience of veterans and present-day soldiers, and to understand their sacrifice and valor. In honor of Veterans Day 2013, visit the museum and enjoy the exhibits that cover the wide variety of aspects of American military history. Admission to the museum is free of charge, but it gladly accepts donations.

Related: Best Museums In St. Louis

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Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314) 845-8320
www.cem.va.gov

The Jefferson Barracks Military base was considered one of the most important military installations in the country from 1826 to 1946. It’s the oldest installation west of the Mississippi River. It was a major military post during the Mexican/American War, and served as a military hospital during the Civil War. During World War I, it was a recruitment and training station, and in World War II it was a basic training and reception site for draftees. After the Second World War, some of the grounds were sold into housing developments and Bishop DuBourg High School was established on the grounds, until it was turned into a storage area. Now the area is a park, and it is home to the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The cemetery is open every day of the year, from dawn to dusk, to visitors who wish to visit departed loved ones or to those who just want to enjoy the area’s history.

Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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