Military Museum is dedicated as a memorial for veterans and as a museum for
preserving a historic collection of military artifacts. The Soldiers'
Memorial was the first of the two war memorials in Saint Louis completed in
honor of World War I veterans. The residents of Saint Louis voted in 1923 to
appropriate funds for the purchase of a memorial plaza and monument to
commemorate Saint Louisans who lost their lives in World War I. In 1933
additional funds were raised and with the help of money from the federal
Relief and Recovery Act construction of the building began in 1935.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially dedicated the site in 1936 and it
was opened to the public on Memorial Day, 1938.
The stately building's
entrance is flanked by four Bedford stone sculptures by Walker Hancock
representing virtues in a soldier's life. Courage and Vision stand at the
south stairs and Loyalty and Sacrifice stand at the north stairs. Ornamental
pylons on the terrace level name major World War I battles in which St.
Louisans participated. Inside the building, a 38-foot high ceiling of mosaic
tile tops the loggia area. The tiles form a large gold star dedicated to the
mothers of Saint Louisans who died in wars. A black granite cenotaph in the
center of the loggia is inscribed with the names of 1,075 St. Louisans who
lost their lives in World War I.
Two exhibit rooms hold
collections of military items--uniforms, photographs, weaponry, war
souvenirs and regalia, posters and medals as well as mannequins wearing
uniforms. Also featured are a bell and a wheel from the cruiser USS St.
Louis, a US torpedo, a model of the USS New Jersey, and spiked helmets from
the Germany army.
Across the street from Soldiers' Memorial is the Court of Honor, an area
with several memorials to those who lost their lives in this country's other
wars. The Court was dedicated on Memorial Day 1948. Its red granite tablets
hold the names of 2,753 Saint Louisans who were killed in WWII. On either end
of the area are monuments--one honoring the 161 St. Louisans who died in the
Korean conflict and the other commemorates the 214 Saint Louisans who lost
their lives in Vietnam.
Memorial Military Museum
Monday - Friday: 9 am to
There is no charge to visit Soldier's Memorial
Location: Soldier's Memorial Military Museum is
located in downtown St. Louis.
N 38 37.718
W 90 12.025
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