St. Louis honors its military veterans with a memorial museum that takes up an entire city block.
The downtown-located Soldier Memorial Military Museum offers a look back at American wars and conflicts through artifacts and stories.
The rectangular-shaped building has four figures welcoming visitors. They are located on each of the two entrances.
On one side, you have a man and woman representing courage and vision. The opposite side, they represent loyalty and sacrifice.
In the middle of entrance stands a black marble memorial to the area men and women who gave their lives during World War I.
Atop the ceiling is a Gold Star mosaic. It was beautiful to see.
Inside the two sections of the museum (on the main floor) are artifacts, letters and memorabilia from America’s conflicts.
A jeep stands in the middle of one floor.
Three flags stand in front of an enclosed circular case, with uniforms in it.
A display case features weapons and gear from World War II. A Japanese helmet and gear sit on the floor of the display.
Then, you see a series of Japanese knives and swords used in various wars.
The thing that stood out to me was a single GI boot. I wonder about the terrain and the fights the soldier wearing that boot went through.
A display case features the story of an American soldier who was once considered missing in action during the Korean War. Letters to his family from the government concerning his missing in action status to his death confirmation are included.
The museum includes a variety of weapons – rifles, machine guns, pistols.
Enemy combatants’ helmets sit on display.
There is a neat helmet display, including an old American helmet.
The museum is home to the bell and wheel of the USS St. Louis from early 20th century.
A special exhibit highlights women’s role in the military through the years. A display case features uniforms worn by women.
One neat thing is that all items in the museum have been donated by families, etc.
Regardless if you are a military or history buff, this museum is worth a visit. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
For more information on the soldier museum, please see its website at http://www.stlsoldiersmemorial.org/index.php.