Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m., will be the dedication and re-dedication of the Veterans Memorial Parkway in Hermann. With the lower end now completed, with flags honoring the branches of military service and bricks engraved with servicemen and women's names paving the area, it is time for the dedication of a vision that actually started with Hermann's American War Mothers in 1944.
This perpetual patriotic, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, non-partisan national organization whose members are mothers of children who have served or are serving in the Armed Services during a time of conflict, was founded in 1917 and given a Congressional charter on February 24, 1925.
In Hermann, in 1944, the group sold carnations to help raise funds and create an awareness to memorialize those who served in military service during WWII from within Hermann's city limits.
“At the re-dedication, we will be speaking about the history of the memorial—how it all began, something about the men that were lost [in the war] and acknowledge the committee," says Co-chairman Chuck Hartbauer.
The lower memorial recognizes those who served from the Korean War to the current conflicts in the Middle East. Mr. Hartbauer will talk about the sacrifices and generosity of the Hermann community to recognize those that have enabled Americans everywhere to live in relative peace and prosperity.
The event will take place rain or shine.