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By GLORIA LLOYD Staff Reporter The Missouri Civil War Museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public for the first time Saturday, June 29. The long-awaited opening is the culmination of a decade-long effort to open the museum in a historic abandoned building at 222 Worth Road in Jefferson Barracks

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Walter Crawford, left, a Vietnam veteran and executive director of the Wild Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, spoke at Sunday’s ceremony at the traveling Vietnam Wall. He flew two of the sanctuary’s eagles during the June 13 opening ceremony at the Wall.

• Wall Thomas says visitors to Wall number ‘tens of thousands’ (Continued from Page 1A)

The Traveling Wall is an 80-percent replica of the national memorial in Washington, D.C., and lists the more than 58,000 names of those who died in the Vietnam War. The entire visit came off without a hitch, said Butch Thomas, president of the Sunset Hills Historical Society, who organized the event in collaboration with veterans’ groups and hundreds of volunteers. “One little girl told me, ‘They came here from all over the world to see the Wall,’ ... There’s no way we’ll ever know (how many visited the Wall),” Thomas said. “But I know it was tens of thousands. The community really came together, and it was an outstanding event. I had the right people — that was key.” Many visitors to the Wall left mementoes — letters, pictures, flowers, teddy

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bears and even beer cans. The tributes left at the Wall included memorials to two of the six residents listed on the Crestwood War Memorial, Jerry B. Kraft and Roger Wilson Chasteen. Both were Marines. Kraft was married and a member of Sheet Metal Local 36 when he was killed at the age of 21 in Vietnam. Chasteen, a graduate of Lindbergh High School, was 20 years old when he was killed. “Roger, I will always remember. I love you always. Miss you. Your sister, Joyce,” read a picture and letter left under Chasteen’s name on the Wall. Thomas estimates that volunteers collected 200 items that visitors left at the Wall. They took the items to the Sunset Hills Historical Society, which will display them in the Sunset Hills Community Center. Some of the local dignitaries who spoke at the daily ceremonies during the Wall’s

New museum ‘tremendous opportunity’ to keep county on the map, Dooley says (Continued from Page 2A)

“It’s a wonderful piece of history for not only our community, for Lemay, but for the entire country,” Denny Coleman, president of the St. Louis County Economic Development Council, said at the June 14 ribbon-cutting ceremony. More than 100,000 Missourians fought on both sides of the war, and the state saw more Civil War battles than all states except Virginia and Tennessee, Trout said. Yet many people overlook Missouri’s key role in the conflict. “It’s an untold story of the Civil War,” he said. “We hope the opening is just the stepping stone of many things to come.” One of the happiest onlookers at the museum’s ribboncutting ceremony was museum backer Mary Pitcher of south county, who has volunteered at the museum every week since 2001. “This is going to help so many people that don’t know about the Civil War,” she said. Based on the more than 100,000 visitors who attended the Missouri History Museum’s Civil War exhibit, Trout believes there is a pent-up local demand for seeing items of Civil War history that will make the museum a popular place to visit, as well as a tourist attraction for out-of-state

Veterans’ advocate Joseph J. Frank, of Sunset Hills, gave the keynote speech at the Traveling Wall’s opening ceremony. He was one of 100 Vietnam veterans who helped break the ground for the national Vietnam Memorial. The Wall, Frank said, has become ‘a national place of healing.’

Visit www.callnewspapers.com for more photos of the Wall visit included U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, County Executive Charlie Dooley, Sunset Hills Mayor Bill Nolan, Crestwood Mayor Jeff Schlink and Crestwood Municipal Judge Charles Berry. Dooley and Berry are Vietnam veterans. Joseph Frank, of Sunset Hills, was the keynote speaker for the June 13 opening ceremony. Frank is a past national commander of the American Legion and a current member of the Missouri Veterans Commission, appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart for his wounds in Vietnam, which left him paraplegic.

visitors and the million visitors that go to Jefferson Barracks every year. The museum is the first step in a master plan for Jefferson Barracks that hopes to turn a section of the military installation-turned-park into a museum district. “This is a tremendous opportunity to keep St. Louis County on the map,” County Executive Charlie Dooley said at the ribbon-cutting. A key item in the museum’s collection is the Medal of Honor of Gen. Charles Bieger. Then-Pvt. Bieger risked heavy artillery fire to save his captain’s life in battle with the 4th Missouri Cavalry in 1864 and was awarded the military’s highest honor by President Grover Cleveland in 1897. The museum also has Bieger’s spurs and sword. Rarities include a regimental flag and a 35-star national flag, as well as an original chair that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln. The museum also will display the Civil War collection of George Cain, a firefighter with Ladder 7 of the New York Fire Department, who was killed as a first responder to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Cain’s mother contacted the museum and donated his collection, which includes many Civil War weapons. Cain had no specific connection to Missouri, which signifies the prominence of the Missouri Civil War Museum’s collection even before it opened, Trout said. The collection also includes many Missouri-related items, including a list of members of a United States Reserve Corps regiment that includes some names familiar

Frank was one of 100 veterans to use shovels for the original groundbreaking of the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “Vietnam was a life-defining experience for every American who lived during that era,” Frank said during his keynote speech. “... (The Wall) has become, in the words of many, a national place of healing.” Vietnam veterans carry both “visible and invisible wounds,” Frank said, and they typically will not talk about their experiences during the war. Many of them use their experience overcoming the stress of returning from combat to assist veterans of more recent wars.

to St. Louisans: Eberhard Anheuser and William Lemp. The newly renovated Post Exchange Building served as a barracks, military hospital, a gymnasium and a store until it was abandoned in 1946. Trout took his idea to house a Civil War museum in the building to the county a dozen years ago. The building had been in severe disrepair after six decades of neglect, Pitcher said — volunteers initially going into the building found caved-in roofs and dead animals. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is the fifth-largest national cemetery, with 183,000 gravesites of veterans and their families. The cemetery grew after the Civil War, when people went around Missouri hillsides and gathered corpses buried in temporary, shallow graves and brought them to Jefferson Barracks for a proper burial, Trout said. Jefferson Barracks was the site of one of the largest military hospitals in the nation during the war, and 16,000 Civil War soldiers are buried there — including soldiers from every state. “The largest burial ground of Civil War dead is here,” Trout said at the ribbon-cutting. “These fields can talk.” The St. Louis County Port Authority contributed $500,000 to the project through its Community Reinvestment Fund, from lease payments made by River City Casino. In the end, the museum was $19,000 short of the money it needed to open, and the Pinnacle Foundation, River City Casino’s charitable arm, stepped in to make the final donation.


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