Memorial Day

Memorial Day
2:06 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

City Officials, Families Honor Veterans At Memorial Day Service

A memorial procession Monday commemorates fallen soldiers and those currently serving at war at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Credit Nora Ibrahim

Veterans, families and other citizens commemorated fallen soldiers and loved ones who served in war Monday at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was among the elected officials who gathered for the 55th annual ceremony at the cemetery, which is the fifth largest under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Slay said Memorial Day marks one of the most important days of every summer.

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Memorial Day 2014
5:55 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

St. Louis Group Plans Memory Wall To Honor Missourians Killed In Iraq And Afghanistan

Sgt. Amanda Pinson
Credit Provided by the family

Several days before Army Sgt. Amanda Pinson of Lemay deployed to Iraq, she visited with her cousin Jennifer Jerome.

They chatted about many things, but Jerome says one comment stands out in her mind from that conversation: “Amanda said, ‘If something were to happen, what if people forget me?’ ’’

Jerome assured Pinson that nothing would happen, but she also made a promise.

“I told her, ‘I will never let anyone forget you.' ’’

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Veterans Vietnam Restoration Project
5:54 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Commentary: Trip To Vietnam Was Its Own Memorial

American vets place incense in respect for the fallen enemy. Tony Shaw, second from the right, is in the black T shirt.
Credit Cathy Primm

For a small group of veterans, Memorial Day was a long month this year. We began our observance in Vietnam where we volunteered to build schools.

I was the only veteran on the trip sponsored by the Veterans Vietnam Restoration Project who still lives in Missouri. But Tony Shaw grew up in suburban St. Louis, went to Mizzou and graduated in 1968 as an ROTC second lieutenant. He is now a board member of VVRP and lives in Prescott, Ariz., where he practices law.

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Memorial Day
6:48 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Durbin: Veteran Disability Claims Procedures 'Got To Change'

Credit (Elena Schneider/Medill News Service)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says the way American veterans receive disability claims has "got to change."

His comments come as the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a new digital, paper-less way of handling the claims. The V.A is working to get that done by September.

Durbin says on average, Illinois veterans wait close to a year for payments - which he says is the third-worst rate in the country.

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Memorial Day
6:27 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade

The parade was begun by Civil War veterans in 1868.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

The small town of Alton, Ill. boasts of having the longest consecutive Memorial Day Parade in the country. The community has honored the sacrifices of its sons and daughters in uniform for 145 years. 

Korean War veteran Harry Kortcamp says he was a boy the first time he marched in Alton’s Memorial Day Parade.

“When they had victory in Germany, I marched in that parade," he said. "When they had victory in Japan, I marched in that parade as a member of the Alton Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.”

Lt. Schulte Memorial
12:06 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Plaque honors St. Louis native who made ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Three years ago this week, a roadside bomb killed Lt. Roslyn Schulte.

The St. Louis native was the first female graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy to be killed in combat. Now, a new memorial honors her life and death - a plaque under the flagpole at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur.

Schulte was traveling from a refugee camp to Bagram Air Force Base when the bomb hit on May 20, 2009. She was one of 461 American soldiers killed in action that year.

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Photo of the Week
10:02 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks

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