Looking back at 2018
Ralph Barrale was a Veteran’s veteran. He understood what it meant, he had done the walk and had earned the respect for his military service. But with Ralph it didn’t stop there. He came home, married his sweetheart, and started a family. He worked hard and was a great dad, but didn’t stop there. He didn’t forget his fellow veteran and felt that “no one is ever gone, as long as someone still has memories of them“. Now every time you turn onto Veterans Memorial Parkway you can thank Ralph Barrale. If a road wasn’t enough, a bridge was even better and so the Hwy 364 bridge that connects St. Louis County with St. Charles County became the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. Not stopping there, he dreamed of a museum, where every Veteran “has a story” and that people could come and say “wow, I didn’t know that”. When he commented how if he was only 25 years younger he would work on that, several others said “we can help you with that Ralph.”
One year ago, at the beginning of 2018, that was where things stood. Monthly meetings were being held, where everyone volunteered, and dreamed together. Mayor Bill Hennessy, from the City of O’Fallon said to Ralph, I think I have a place for you Ralph. And a lease was signed for the former City Annex, at 410 East Elm Street, in O’Fallon, Missouri. And that’s when planning really began. Volunteers started gathering memorabilia, recording veterans stories, planning renovation of the building and sharing the dream with others. Fundraising began with a successful Gun Raffle, a fantastic Trivia Night, and a lot of great people coming forth with funding.
Planning continued into the fall, and then we suddenly lost our fearless leader, with his generous, compassionate spirit, and fierce determination. Ralph Barrale passed away on October 9, 2018. But thanks to a fantastic team of people, blessed with the inspiration of his dream, we carry forth. We moved into our new building 67 days ago!
And since then, there has not been a day gone by, that there hasn’t been some part of the team working towards the goal. The building has been literally transformed! A huge team of volunteers has spent hundreds of hours creating the backdrop for two museum galleries and a small theater. We’ve come a long way!
Looking forward to 2019
On the exterior, the grounds have been cleared, new sidewalks poured and special parking places reserved for special Veterans. We will be installing reflection gardens and Memorials in 2019 with your support. Places for families and veterans to picnic and enjoy the museum are planned as well. The entire grounds are undergoing new life!
We have so many great many great companies, organizations and people to say “THANK YOU” to! This has been a tremendous year for the St. Charles County Veterans Museum and thanks to many wonderful volunteers, fantastic supporters and other great people we know that 2019 will be fantastic!
OPENING APRIL 12, 2019
If you would like to get involved, donate, or have questions, please give us a call at 636-400-7698 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to talk more! Thank YOU!
Here are some of our latest donors that we would like to give a big Thank You to:
Acoustical Ceiling Specialist
29 West Industrial Drive
O’Fallon, MO 63366
Floors to Go at Wholesale Flooring USA
823 W. Terra Lane
O’Fallon, MO 63366
Thanks to John Dickherber of Wholesale Flooring USA, a family-owned, community-focused flooring supplier to residential, commercial, property management and contract customers throughout St. Charles County.
St Peters, MO 63376
Thanks to Tom Buss and Gary Kasten owner for their donation of electrical wiring. Kasten provides quality residential electrical service in St. Charles County. Licensed and insured.
Craig and Son Concrete
105 N. Central
O’Fallon, MO 63366
Thanks to the crew of Craig and Son Concrete for building our Heroes Walk. The crew of Dillon Sargent, Sam Pickard, Jake Korte and Ramon Perez did an awesome job. Craig and Son Concrete have offered expert, personal installation of residential and commercial concrete for over 60 years. We offer discounts for all military, veterans, first responders and senior citizens!
Thanks to Dean Ripple and Joshua Beard for their donations of cabinets, countertops, and wire.
Thanks to Bill Druggers and Shannon Brunnert for their donation of lighting, insulation, lumber.
Home Depot Stores of St. Charles County
Thanks to the four Home Depot stores in St. Charles County for their donation of lighting, paint, lumber, insulation, flower beds, pavers and much, much more.
Fred Weber INC
Pat Larkin for their donation of our rock for the dry creek bed in the Grove.
2320 Creve Coeur Mill Rd
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
3941 Harry S. Truman Blvd
St. Charles, MO 63301
Thanks to Christine Turner and the Team for their donation. Are you looking for a new computer? Are you on a tight budget? We have many used computers and refurbished computers that you can choose from.
Tom Fisher for their donation of our flag pole lights. Electrical distributors.
8721 MacKenzie Rd
St. Louis MO 63123
4208 Rider Trail North
Earth City, MO 63045
Jarrell Contracting donated and installed our new remotely controlled thermostats. Since 1954, Jarrell Contracting is a single-source mechanical contractor dedicated to providing quality service and value to every project.
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