Ralph Barrale helped rename a road and a bridge for veterans, dreamed up a veterans’ memorial in Lake Saint Louis, and continues to be revered by veterans’ organizations. Now, he’s been recognized by Missouri’s lieutenant governor.
Barrale, 91, a long-time active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10350, was among five St. Louis area winners of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s 2015 Senior Service Award. In all, 25 winners were presented with the awards on May 6 at the State Capitol.
The awards recognize senior volunteers who are active in their communities. About 300 seniors have received the award since it began in 2005.
“The ceremony was very interesting with all the info about what and why the 25 nominees were selected out of a 150 entrees,” Barrale said in an email message to Mid Rivers Newsmagazine. The capitol building was beautiful, he said, noting that the ceremony was the first time he had been there.
A World War II veteran and Lake Saint Louis resident, Barrale is chairman of the city’s veterans’ committee and volunteers for the city’s parks committee. He remains active with other area veterans’ organizations; with his parish, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Wentzville; and as a volunteer with the Wentzville Green Lantern Senior Center.
Some of his accomplishments include leading a group of veterans who lobbied successfully for renaming the Interstate 364 bridge across the Missouri River to the Veterans Memorial Bridge and convincing cities along Interstate 70 in St Charles County to name the south outer road Veterans Memorial Parkway.
Barrale was also instrumental in establishing Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Lake Saint Louis city hall.