The Woodson Terrace Veterans Memorial is located inside the parameters of the John L. Brown Park (Stansberry & Calvert Avenues). The Memorial was dedicated in honor and memory of the late Bob Madden and is known as the Robert J. Madden Veterans Monument. Bob served on the Veterans Committee from its inception in February 2004 and continued to serve until health issues plagued him. Bob died on March 8th, 2008.
The Veterans Committee consists of 8 energetic and concerned folks who want all Veterans to know the sacrifice each has made for the freedom we have is never taken for granted or gone unnoticed. The Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Woodson Terrace City Hall. The program agenda is posted several weeks prior to the meeting outside of City Hall; attendance is welcome; however you are encouraged to check the posting as periodically the Committee will reschedule due to the Committee’s participation in military related events, etc.
The Committee orchestrates 2 ceremonies each year ... Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Although Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces, and Veterans Day for all those who are, or have, served in the Armed Forces, these folks are acknowledged on each of these days. The Memorial Day Ceremony is always held on Memorial Day which is the last Monday in May so the actual date fluctuates each year & Veterans Day is November 11th & that date remains in tact but the day of the week fluctuates; however the Veterans Day Ceremony is held the Saturday prior to Veterans Day. Both ceremonies begin @ 9:30 AM & “covered seating” is available. The Memorial Day Ceremony includes “The Bell Ceremony” & there are 65+ deceased Woodson Terrace Veterans for which we have a name & a short synopsis.
C.A.R.E. Packages are an on going service project & recipients are Woodson Terrace enlisted men and/or women.
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program is an annual service project the Committee participates in. Committee Member Caroline Martin oversees this.
In October the Committee purchases all the food, beverages, etc. & goes to the Missouri Veterans Home on Lewis & Clark Blvd. & bar-b-ques for the 300+ Veterans residing there.
The Committee makes donations to various approved Military and/or Veterans organizations including The Missouri Veterans Home, POW-MIA Museum @ Jefferson Barracks, Fisher House, etc.
Every other year the Committee sponsors M.O.C.H.I.P. (Missouri Child Identification Program) made available by the Grand Lodge of Mason’s of Missouri. Representatives from the Masonic Children’s Foundation provide this & Caroline Martin makes all the necessary arrangements. The Woodson Terrace Veterans Committee, Officers from the Woodson Terrace Police Department, & the Woodson Terrace Police Department Wives Organization are on hand & assist the Foundation representatives in an array of tasks. M.O.C.H.I.P. is available to Woodson Terrace residents as well as non residents and is free … absolutely no cost is involved to you or the children.
Additional Veterans Committee activities and service projects include the “WW2 Honor Flight Program” of which the Committee has sponsored several resident Veterans and several Committee members assist in the departing/arriving Honor Flights at Lambert International Airport.
Yes, the Woodson Terrace Veterans Committee is quite busy. Rita & Carl Martin Co-Chair the Committee & serving on the Committee are WT Mayor Lawrence “Butch” Besmer, City WT Administrative Assistant John Conlon, Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Rick Rutledge, WT Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Caroline Martin, WT Police Sergeant Garrett Temple, & Roy Pearson. Any questions and/or questions are welcome & you can do this by calling WT City Hall (314/427-2600) & leave a message for a Committee Member to contact you.