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In-person Veterans Day parade, ceremony at Soldiers Memorial return

DOWNTOWN – Residents and visitors are invited to honor our nation’s military veterans in person and in public again this year after such ceremonies were canceled last year because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum (operated by the Missouri Historical Society) and the city of St. Louis are hosting the events, as usual.

Major Gen. Heidi J. Hoyle

The Veterans Day Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. in front of Union Station and proceed down Market Street to Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street. There, at noon, a ceremony saluting veterans will be held. Major Gen. Heidi J. Hoyle will serve as the grand marshal and keynote speaker. 

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paula Hunt, USAF Band of Mid-America, sings before a baseball game at Busch Stadium on July 16, 2021. U.S. Air Force photo

Starlifter, the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, will then perform a concert. Starlifter is a seven-piece group of active-duty Airmen-musicians. The group performs a wide range of musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, and country, as well as traditional patriotic songs.

“We are endlessly grateful for the service and sacrifices of our U.S. service members, past and present,” said Mark Sundlov, director of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. “Since 1919 the City of St. Louis has proudly recognized its veterans on what is now known as Veterans Day.”

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum will be open to visitors on Saturday, Nov. 6, and on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Soldiers Memorial regular operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. All visitors ages 5 and older, including those who are vaccinated, are required to wear a face mask that fully covers the nose and mouth while inside the building.

A 5K family run/walk is also part of the festivities. It’s being sponsored by the St. Patrick Center and begins at 9:30 a.m.

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