The Sappington-Concord Historical Society will return to St. Lucas United Church of Christ to host the biggest, little annual Memorial Day celebration in South County.
This year's event will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30, on "the green" at St. Lucas United Church of Christ, 11735 Denny Road, 63126. The green is the large, open lawn just east of the church along Denny Road.
Musicians from the Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band will kick off the celebration, with the St. Louis Marine Corps League advancing the colors.
This year's event will feature a remembrance of Patriot Guard Rider Mark Schroeder, who was killed this March while riding his motorcycle in a Patriot Guard funeral procession. Guest speaker is Ret. Brigadier Gen. Ronald I. Botz, who served as commander of the 404th Chemical Brigade in the Illinois Army National Guard.
An American Bald Eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary will make an appearance before the celebration.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, and parking will be available on the east parking lot at St. Lucas (please enter through the west parking lot entrance). Following the ceremony, all are invited to attend a reception in the auditorium at St. Lucas.
Johnny's Market Memories
The historical society will have a booth at this year's event to collect residents' memories, stories and photos about Johnny's Market for a special online compilation that is being created. Also featured will be information about a June 1-11 archaeological dig at Sappington House.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Memorial Day Program
A Memorial Day program will be held Monday, May 30, 10 a.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, at the Old Flag Circle.
Bus and tram transportation will be provided beginning at 8 a.m. Visitors can use either the Sheridan Road Metro Station lot or the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center for bus and tram transportation to the ceremony.
The keynote speaker is Joe Frank, National Commander of The American Legion from 1996 to 1997.
Visitors can also attend the open house at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Chapel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Boy Scouts Honor Veterans
For more than six decades, Scouts have been gathering at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day to honor veterans by decorating each of the 280,000 graves with an American Flag. The 2016 Memorial Day "Good Turn" will take place on Sunday, May 29. The public is welcome to attend.
Nearly 4,000 Scouts from across the region will assemble at the National Guard base and march into the cemetery at 12:30 p.m. They will proceed to the main flagpole near the center of the cemetery for an assembly and ceremony. A surprise guest speaker will address the crowd.
It takes just two hours for Scouts to place more than 280,000 flags, which are provided by the cemetery.