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St. Peters moves forward with plan to honor veterans

St. Peters is looking at a way of honoring veterans of the U.S. Armed Services from the past and present.

At the Board of Aldermen’s Sept. 10 work session, Alderman Michael A. Shea (Ward 3) discussed the creation of a “Veterans Hall of Honor” at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., just off Mexico Road. The space would start at the west entrance to city hall with a set of plaques on the north wall recognizing local veterans.

Shea said beginning at the west sidewalk entrance to city hall, small 2-inch by 7.5-inch metal or plastic engraved plaques with a veteran’s name could be affixed to the wall. Above the entrance to the area, a 12- inch by 48-inch sign would proclaim the area as the city’s “Veterans Hall of Honor.”

The plaques would not cost the city anything because they would be paid for by a sponsor, Shea said. The engraved plaques could include retired, active, living or deceased veteran.

To participate, either the veteran or sponsor family would have to have been or are a St. Peters resident. Shea said the wall can accommodate at least 2,500 individual plaques.

So many times, we memorialize our veterans long after the fact,” Shea said.

This is a way we can honor our veterans, not only those that have passed away before us but those who are still among us.”

The small plaque could include information on the veteran’s combat tour, rank and branch of service, and medals they received from Purple Heart to Medal of Honor. An application to obtain a plaque would be available through the city.

Sponsors would have to attest that the information about the veteran was correct and that the veteran had been honorably discharged if they have left the Armed Services. The city’s Veteran’s Commission may be involved in reviewing the plaques, Shea said.

Shea said the plaque cost is being determined. The cost may include expenses such as installation, maintenance and handling of applications.

We’re trying to make the cost as affordable as possible,” Shea said, responding to a question from Alderman Judy Bateman (Ward 2).

Shea said the project could be unveiled if finally approved by the board as early as November. He asked for a motion from the board to continue with the project, which the board members approved. Alderman Dave Thomas (Ward 1) was absent from the work session.

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