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Veterans Museum KIA Wall dedication deemed success

Killed in Action Wall dedication at the St. Charles Veterans Museum [Jim Higgins photo]

At 10 a.m. on Aug. 7, the St. Charles County Veterans Museum on East Elm St. in O’Fallon dedicated its Killed in Action [KIA] Wall.

“This wall was prepared to honor the St. Charles County Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our county,” Jim Higgins, of the Museum’s executive board, said.

The wall was dedicated on Purple Heart Day.

The wall bears the names of 109 troops from St. Charles County killed in action. The men and women honored served from World War I to present day. The wall was sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Association [VVA] of St. Peters.

Higgins was grateful that about 225 people attended the dedication on a Wednesday morning. Events included a VVA Color Guard to raise the American Flag, a reciting of “The Pledge of Allegiance,” playing of “The National Anthem,” bagpipes and “Taps.” Dedication speakers included Exhibit Chairman Eric Larson and Len Berkel from the VVA Mid-Rivers Chapter.

Larsen introduced special guest U.S .Congresswoman Ann Wagner, who spoke to the audience about the importance of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of veterans. Committee members Dennis Wiss and Craig Stankovich read the names of those on the wall to assembled guests that included Rep. Nick Schroer, O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessey, St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano and various aldermen and council members from local municipalities.

The St. Charles County Veterans Museum is located at 410 East Elm Street in O’Fallon. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

The museum’s motto is: “Where, Every Veteran Has a Story.”  Its website is stcharlescountyveteransmuseum.com. 

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