Monday marks the start of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum’s solemnities. There will be a laying of wreaths at each of the memorials. More than 5,000 names have been engraved on the Cenotaph or the Court of Honor. The next ceremony will be a POW/MIA celebration. The names of those who served in the Korean War Memorial will also be read out loud, with the Air Force’s Midwest Winds Ensemble performing. Monday, 11 a.m. Museum open until 5 p.m.
The most bizarre museum in St. Louis welcomes military personnel with both free and paid admission. The Midwest Winds, a quintet of winding slides and interactive exhibits, will be available Friday at 2 pm. The Midwest Winds, a quintet and ambassador of the Air Force Band of Mid-America is on hand Friday at 2 p.m. Expect some patriotic songs. Admission is free for the performance.
Alton Union veterans marched to the Alton National Cemetery in Alton, where they saluted and laid flowers on the graves of all the soldiers. This marked the beginning of Memorial Day. Members of the Re-Created Alton Jaeger Guard will recreate the first day of remembrance by portraying them as they were during the Shiloh Campaign of 1862. Alton National Cemetery, 7 a.m.
To remember all those who gave their lives, visit Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Park. The cemetery is home to the remains of service members, and the Boy Scouts of America will lay the flags on Sunday for the annual Memorial Day Good Turn. The flag-laying ceremony is restricted to registered scouts. However, everyone can enjoy the sight of all the boys waving for the 73 year consecutively. The park has many museums that provide information about military history.
Belleville will honor fallen servicemen on Monday with a parade, ceremony and celebration. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at N. 3 rd, A Street to Walnut Hills Cemetery. The cemetery will hold a ceremony to recognize the fallen at 11 a.m.