Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum was originally built as a memorial building to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Missouri WWI Veterans. In addition to the building itself being a memorial, there are other monuments throughout the site, including a large black memorial with the names of fallen Soldiers from the Great War. Directly above that memorial is a mosaic gold star in honor of the Gold Star Mothers who sons died overseas. There are four statues, two on either side of the building’s exterior, representing the virtues of vision, courage, loyalty, and sacrifice, the example shown here is “vision”. There is a large black anchor and chain from the U.S.S. Langley that is a memorial to the Merchant Marines that was dedicated in 2004. Currently the City of St. Louis, Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Historical Society are overseeing a massive renovation to the site.
There are also artifacts within the building that serve as memorials to Missouri Veterans. A few examples seen here are a beautiful portrait of General John J. Pershing, and the wheel and bell from the USS St. Louis, a ship active in and after the Great War.
You can learn more about the renovation by visiting http://mohistory.org/soldiersmemorial