Veterans Memorial Garden Opening Nov. 11
The final stages of construction for the Veterans Memorial Garden at Veterans Tribute Park, located at 1031 Kisker Road in Weldon Spring, are underway. Overlooking the park’s two lakes, the garden includes a Veterans Memorial Plaza (pictured above) with the names of St. Charles County soldiers who died in service to our nation engraved on stone panels. A Tribute Walk leading up to the memorial will feature interpretive panels covering conflicts from the time St. Charles County was organized in 1812 to present day, along with plantings that bloom or have vibrant color at the end of each war.
From 1 to 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, St. Charles County Government, the St. Charles County Veterans Committee and the St. Charles City Veterans Commission will honor and recognize those who have served with a special ceremony marking the opening of the garden. Speakers will include:
• St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann
• Lieutenant Colonel Samuel W. Kline, Fort Leonard Wood
A patriotic family event will be held after the ceremony, including children’s activities from the St. Charles County Parks Department, St. Charles City-County Library and the St. Charles County Veterans Museum. Guests also can participate in the “Support Our Troops Care Package Drive,” sponsored by the St. Charles County Government Veterans Best Practices Working Group, by bringing an item that day.
Created in 1997, the Parks Department is supported through a voter-approved local use tax. Veterans Tribute Park opened in October 2018 and has quickly become one of the most popular parks in the St. Charles County system. Along with the memorial, the park features a destination playground for children of all abilities, a walking and biking trail system, a 3-acre off-leash dog park, reservable shelters, and open play fields.
Visit the Parks Department website and Facebook page for more information as the opening of the Veterans Memorial Garden approaches. Commemorative pavers for the Veterans Memorial Plaza area are still available from the St. Charles County Parks Foundation. For questions, please contact the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.