Hundreds of veterans honored Memorial Day weekend at St. Charles Memorial Gardens

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. — St. Charles Memorial Gardens is hosting its 61st Annual Veterans Memorial Service Program. The event lasts until Monday.

On Sunday, families who lost former or current St. Charles County soldiers in the past year were invited to attend an afternoon celebration.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day because of the tradition of decorating graves. This tradition continues to this day as the graves of loved ones are decorated with flowers, wreaths and flags.

“Their names will be read aloud and their families will be invited to lay a poppy and a wreath,” said Kacie Derby, Baue Funeral Homes Advanced Planning and Cemetery Manager. “It’s very meaningful. We love doing this and do it every year for the veterans in the community.”

A field of honor in the cemetery is filled with flags, it is the only place in the cemetery where everyone is buried, either a veteran or a veteran’s spouse.

“As I go down the ranks, I either knew a lot of them or I knew their family members,” said Bob Bauer, who is himself a veteran and visited his family members’ graves on Sunday.

“It’s very emotional for me, my dad was in the army, that’s why he’s in this cemetery, they’ve been gone for a few years,” Pat Wenom said as she finished decorating her parents’ graves. “How much it means to see all the flags. It’s quite emotional, it’s quite overwhelming.”

Monday’s events and Veterans Memorial Service are from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m Hundreds of veterans honored Memorial Day weekend at St. Charles Memorial Gardens

Nate Jones

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