|By Carmelo Turdo|
Mr. Dave Thomas, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and President of the St. Louis Veterans Task Force, was the host of the event that brought several hundred veterans and family:
The St. Louis Boeing Concert Band provided patriotic music:
Ms Georgia Barnett, long-time employee and member of the St. Louis Veterans Task Force, provided the Invocation:
Mr. David Wegan, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and member of the St. Louis Veterans Task Force, introduced the American Pride Tribute provided by the Joint Service Color Guard, UTRANSCOM at Scott AFB, Patriot Guard Riders and bald eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary:
Featured speakers were: Mr. Jim O'Neill, President of Global Services and Support at Boeing Defense, Space and Security; Mr. Gilbert Dieckhoff, World War II veteran and crewman/mechanic aboard U.S. Navy PBY Catalina; and Major General Michael S. Strough, Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL:
Boeing St. Louis campus is host to two memorials to veterans outside the headquarters building. The Boeing St. Louis Employee Veterans Honor Wall was dedicated on November 11, 2005 and contains the names of local McDonnell Douglas and Boeing employee veterans on the wall identified with each service's flag. The unique aspect of the memorial is that it honors living veterans as well. Also, there is a memorial to McDonnell Douglas veterans that was installed prior to the Honor Wall. Here are some views of both memorials:
Special thanks to the Boeing St. Louis Veterans Task Force for recognizing our veterans and for their hospitality.