In keeping with the tradition of The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, along with providing the special opportunity for Lake St. Louis residents to honor the veterans and their spouses who served our country, the Lake St. Louis Veterans Committee has planned a wonderful Veterans Day Observance on November 11 at 11 a.m. This patriotic ceremony will honor all veterans with a special thank you to the spouses of all veterans who have served and are presently serving. As always, the event will be held in the beautiful Lake St. Louis Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to the Lake St. Louis City Hall and Police Department at the intersection of I-64/U.S. 40 and Lake St. Louis Blvd.
This ceremony is free and the public is cordially invited and encouraged to attend to honor our United States veterans and their spouses. All veterans who attend are encouraged to wear their uniforms, if available.
Those in attendance will have the special opportunity to listen to a stirring tribute entitled “Why I Married Military” by our keynote speaker Deb Kloeppel.
Deb Kloeppel is a Lake Saint Louis resident who is the Founder and President of Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and Military Youth Jobs Network (MYJN).
MSCCN serves military spouses, military widows and primary caregivers to war wounded from all wars.
CASY serves military veterans, Transitioning Military and War Wounded from all wars.
MYJN serves all military kids of working age. All of these services are at no cost to military affiliated applicants seeking meaningful employment training and job placement success.
Deb is also Founder of the organization’s global award-winning publication, Military Service Employment Journal. MSCCN is a top recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and CASY is the top recipient of the Call of Duty Endowment Seal of Distinction.
Deb and her husband, Rear Admiral Dan Kloeppel USN (ret) remain active supporters of the military community through numerous organizations and charitable contributions. Immediately following the Veterans Day Ceremony there will be a unique luncheon and seminar beginning at 12:45 p.m. at Lake Forest Country Club. This special event will be hosted and sponsored by Deb and Dan Kloeppel of Corporate America Support You and the Lake Forest Country Club for family members of deployed or soon to be deployed military members. Seating is limited, so RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call/leave detailed message at 636-561-3638 to make reservations and ask questions about this unique first come, first serve opportunity. A small charge for the meal will be accepted with no charge to spouses of deployed or soon to be deployed military.
The Veterans Day Ceremony will also feature the First Baptist Church Choir of Lake St. Louis who will entertain the audience with patriotic songs we all know and love. The AFROTC Detachment 207 will play a prominent role in the ceremony along with the Color Guard of VFW Post 10350. These young men and women of the AFROTC represent the finest of local colleges and universities who will soon proudly serve our country in the United States Air Force upon their graduation.
New commemorative bricks will be added to the hundreds of bricks already in place. Paperwork for honoring a special veteran in your family with a commemorative brick will be available for the asking before and after the ceremony.
Ralph Barrale, a proud veteran of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II and Chairman of the Lake St. Louis Veterans Committee reminds us that the event will be held rain or shine.
“We are quite certain that good weather on this very special day of thanks to our veterans will continue.”
Beginning precisely at 11 a.m. and ending at noon, this special Veterans Day Ceremony will host a wonderful turnout of patriotic Americans who are proud to honor the men and women of our armed forces, along with the spouses who kept life going as their loved one was deployed to keep us safe and free.
A total of 300 chairs will be available, but it is also suggested that you bring along a lawn chair if you can to assure that all participants have a seat.