An Upcoming Hometown Event for All Ages
Save the Date: Sunday, May 27
58th Annual Veterans Memorial Program
St. Charles Memorial Gardens
3950 West Clay Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
Picnic: 12:00 p.m.
Program: 2:00 p.m.
For many Americans, Memoria Day Weekend arrives just in time to kick off the summer season. Kids are finishing up the school year, so whether families and friends make the most of the long weekend or add on days for a longer vacation, it’s a prime time to enjoy the warm weather with outdoor activities. We’re all for having fun yet believe it’s important to remember the significance of the holiday and to honor those for whom it has been established.
Since the Civil War, individual towns began to host an annual day to memorialize soldiers lost in battle. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1967 to remember all soldiers who have given their lives through their service in the United States Armed Forces. (With the Uniform Monday Holiday Act on June 28, 1968, Congress established that Memorial Day would always fall on the he last Monday in May.)
Notably, as the day begins, the flag of the United States is first raised to the top of the staff in a brisk motion before it’s lowered slowly to half-staff in memory of the men and women who died. At noon, the flag is returned to the full-staff position, where it remains. Raising the flag at noon demonstrate that Americans will not give up the fight for liberty and justice. Thus, this is also a time to honor veterans and those who are still in service. Also, at 3:00 p.m., a national moment of remembrance occurs.
We encourage you to make your Memorial Day Weekend fun and meaningful by joining us on Sunday, May 27, at St. Charles Memorial Gardens for our 58th annual Veterans Memorial Program. The free, family-friendly event welcomes veterans, their family and friends, and our full community.
We’ll begin at noon with a picnic on the lawn. From 12:00 p.m. until 1:30, hear the stories of veterans; learn about American military history from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and their display of restored, historic military transportation; visit our Field of Honor, where thousands of American flags will fly in tribute to our service men and women; receive a handheld flag as our gift; participate in face painting, coloring, and bubble machines; listen to live music performed by Biscuits ‘n Gravy.
At 2:00 p.m., a flyover of an F-15 Eagle Aircraft (pending operational ability) will launch the program, sponsored by the Memorial Services of Missouri and Baue Funeral Homes. Family members of deceased military men and women are invited to participate in a Poppy Ceremony, when we the read the names of those lost and ring a bell to symbolize our deepest gratitude for their service. Other highlights include an honored guest speaker, participation of local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the National Anthem by the Mount Hope Harmonizers, and musical accompaniments from the Afterhours Community Band, buglers, and a bagpiper.
Learn more about the 58th Annual Veterans Memorial Program and all the ways that Baue Funeral Homes honors veterans by visiting https://www.baue.com/veterans/.