When one man found 752 cast bronze disks in Soldier’s Memorial, he had no idea the years of effort involved to turn the forgotten artifacts into a memorial at Jefferson Barracks.

Seventeen years ago, Frank “Skip” Berger made an interesting discovery in the lower level of Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

Fifteen unmarked barrels filled with 752 cast bronze disks stood in the dust. Each disk bore the name and military information of a St. Louis service member who lost his or her life while serving in World War I. The serendipitous find began a chain reaction of activity that would impress even professional historians.

The American Gold Star Mothers, a group who wished to honor their fallen sons and daughters, commissioned the markers, cast at a local foundry in the 1920s.

Berger is a member of the Rollo-Calcaterra American Legion Post 15 and the group began an extensive research and restoration mission.

The effort will come to fruition Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. when Post 15 will dedicate the World War I Court of Honor Memorial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

The Post preserved 752 of the 1,185 gold star medallions. They worked in conjunction with the Jefferson Barracks Chapel Association, the National Cemetery Association, the Veterans Administration and the St. Louis Economic Council.

The Port Authority, under the economic council, awarded the group $250,000 for the memorial, and construction started in May.

via WWI Memorial Complete After Buried Treasure Discovery – Mehlville-Oakville, MO Patch.

Web Site: WW1 Court of Honor Project – Lest We Forget

Color Guard

Color Guard from Rolla-Calcaterra American Legion Post #51

Color Guard - Start of the Ceremony & Unveiling of Monument

Color Guard – Start of the Ceremony & Unveiling of Monument

Skip Berger - Adjutant, American Legion Post #15 and Master Of Ceremonies

Skip Berger – Adjutant, American Legion Post #15 and Master Of Ceremonies

Pledge Of Allegiance

Pledge Of Allegiance

Singing of the National Anthem

Singing of the National Anthem

Rev. Darrel Curtis - Chaplain 11 & 12 District American Legion

Rev. Darrel Curtis – Chaplain 11 & 12 District American Legion

David Grayson - Commander, Rollo_Calcaterra American Legion Post

David Grayson – Commander, Rollo_Calcaterra American Legion Post

Charlie Dooley - County Executive

Charlie Dooley – St Louis County Executive

Al Katzenberger - Jefferson Barracks Chapel Association

Al Katzenberger – Jefferson Barracks Chapel Association

Greta Hamilton - Military Director Intern, Jefferson Barracks Cemetery

Greta Hamilton – Military Director Intern, Jefferson Barracks Cemetery

Steve Muro - Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, VA National Cemetery Administration

Steve Muro – Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, VA National Cemetery Administration

WW1 Memorial | Gold Star Mothers

WW1 Memorial | Gold Star Mothers | Gold Star Court of Honor

Bob Winters - OWH Arhitects, Designer of the Memorial

Bob Winters – OWH Arhitects, Designer of the Memorial

Mary Jame Kiepe - Past National President of Gold Star Mothers, 2007 & 2008

Mary Jame Kiepe – Past National President of Gold Star Mothers, 2007 & 2008

Julie Vinnedge - Gold Star Mother

Julie Vinnedge – Gold Star Mother

WW1 Memorial with the Gold Star Court Of Honor Plaques

WW1 Memorial with the Gold Star Court Of Honor Plaques

Gold Star Court of Honor bronze plaques on WW1 Memorial

Gold Star Court of Honor bronze plaques on WW1 Memorial

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Brass, blues and barbeque

An impressive lineup of local bands will take the stage at the St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash, serving up healthy sides of jazz and blues to complement the barbeque. The main stage will feature three bands on Saturday and another on Sunday.

Wing eating contest spices up Bash

Hwy. 61 Roadhouse once again will spice up the BBQ Bash with a chicken wing eating contest. Teams will square off at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Bash teams to battle for Iron Chef title

Move over Food Network; the BBQ Bash has its own version of “Iron Chef America.”

Just as world-class chefs engage in culinary battles on the TV game show, barbeque aficionados will vie for the title of “Iron Chef” at the St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash.

Defining winning barbeque

Barbeque is tough to define, but defining award-winning barbeque is even tougher.

As a would-be judge, I began by turning to the dictionary for the definition, which already revealed potential controversy by allowing two acceptable spellings – “barbeque” and “barbecue.” Either way, Webster defines barbeque (the spelling adopted by the St. Louis BBQ Society) as “food, especially meat, poultry and fish, cooked on a grill.” That’s a decent definition, but it doesn’t help a potential barbeque judge understand how to evaluate the food at this year’s BBQ Bash.

via St. Louis Home Fires BBQ Bash on Sept. 29-30 | Newsmagazine Network.

Barbecue (also barbequeBBQbar-B-Q and barbie) is a method and apparatus for char grilling food in the hot smoke of a wood fire, usually charcoal fuelled. In the USA to grill is to cook in this manner quickly, while barbecue is typically a much slower method utilizing less heat than grilling, attended to over an extended period of several hours.

The term as a noun can refer to the meat, the cooking apparatus itself (the “barbecue grill” or simply “barbecue”) or to the party that includes such food or such preparation methods. The term as an adjective can refer to foods cooked by this method. The term is also used as a verb for the act of cooking food in this manner.

Barbecue is usually done in an outdoor environment by cooking and smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Restaurant barbecue may be cooked in large brick or metal ovens specially designed for that purpose.

Barbecue has numerous regional variations in many parts of the world.

Wildwood BBQ Bash | Pulled Pork | Stock Photo

Wildwood BBQ Bash | Pulled Pork | Stock Photo

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Wildwood BBQ Bash | BBQ Pits | Stock Photo

Wildwood BBQ Bash | BBQ Pits | Stock Photo

Wildwood BBQ Bash | BBQ Pits | Stock Photo

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Wildwood BBQ Bash | Pulled Pork | Stock Photo

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Wildwood BBQ Bash | Chicken | Stock Photo

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Wildwood BBQ Bash | Ribs | Stock Photo

Wildwood BBQ Bash | Ribs | Stock Photo

Wildwood BBQ Bash | Ribs | Stock Photo

Wildwood BBQ Bash | Ribs | Stock Photo

Wildwood BBQ Bash | Ribs | Stock Photo

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Stirred by the sapphire mist that envelops our mountain vistas, the Cherokee people named the Great Smoky Mountains the place of blue smoke. At our Townsend, Tennessee lodging, we call them our back yard. Whether visiting the Smokies for relaxation, sport, romance or business, Dancing Bear Lodge hotel in Townsend, Tennessee, inspires getaways as expansive and free-spirited as the Smokies themselves. Experience one of the gems of Great Smoky Mountain Cabin Resort hotels!

Our Smoky Mountain accommodations are ideally located for both a relaxing retreat and an engaging open-air adventure. Dancing Bear Cabin Resort offers a number of impressively-constructed, luxurious cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountain lodges that are adjacent to Little River in Townsend, Tennessee. Only 5 minutes from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 25 minutes from the Knoxville Airport, our 36-acre estate is sure to provide you and your family or associates with an unforgettable escape at our Lodging in Townsend, Tennessee. You will quickly see why our Smoky Mountain Lodges are better than other Townsend hotels.

Enjoy America’s most visited national park—The Great Smoky Mountains, only 5 minutes from our Townsend, Tennessee lodge. You’ll find an astonishing diversity of plant and animal life, unparalleled beauty and a bevy of guided programs and special events. A hiking and bicycling paradise awaits! While enjoying the best the Smoky Mountains region has to offer, enjoy a luxurious and relaxing refuge with our Townsend, TN Hotels Amenities when you retreat to your cabin or room at our well-appointed Smoky Mountain Lodge.

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure nearby, Dancing Bear offers paved biking trails, wildflower walks and mountain biking on our 36-acre property. Unwind with your favorite book on a front porch rocker, get the adrenaline flowing with a spirited game of beach volleyball or test your angling skills by fly fishing in the Little River. Whether it’s a bubbling hot tub or a blazing campfire that marks day’s end for you, our lodge helps round out your Smoky Mountain experience—all without leaving your home away from home. Dining in the Smokies is no less exciting, with authentic regional favorites that are lovingly crafted by our own chef.

via Hotels in Townsend, TN – Smoky Mountain Cabin Resort The Dancing Bear Lodge Gatlinburg.


With Guide: Ethan Melhorn from Blackbarry Farm

The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky or Smokey Mountains, and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in
1934, and, with over 9 million visits per year, it is the most-visited national park in the United States.

The Great Smokies are part of an International Biosphere Reserve. The range is home to an estimated 187,000 acres of old growth forest, constituting the largest such stand east of the Mississippi River. The cove hardwood forests in the range’s lower elevations are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest that coats the range’s upper elevations is the largest of its kind.[4] The Great Smokies are also home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics.

Along with the Biosphere reserve, the Great Smokies have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The U.S. National Park Service preserves and maintains 78 structures within the national park that were once part of the numerous small Appalachian communities scattered throughout the range’s river valleys and coves. The park contains five historic districts and nine individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places.

The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. This fog, which is most common in the morning and after rainfall, is the result of warm humid air from the Gulf of Mexico cooling rapidly in the higher elevations of Southern Appalachia.

 

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

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Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Log Cabin | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Log Cabin | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

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Smoky Mountains | White-tailed Deer | Tennessee | Stock Photo

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Smoky Mountains | Black Bear | Tennessee | Stock Photo

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Smoky Mountains | Log Cabin | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Black and White | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

Smoky Mountains | Black and White | Tennessee | Log Cabin | Stock Photo

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The Lantern Festival in Taiwan/Formosa(also known as the Yuanxiao Festival or Shangyuan Festival in China; Chap Goh Meh Festival in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; Yuen Siu Festival in Hong Kong, and “Tết Thượng Nguyên” or “Tết Nguyên Tiêu” in Vietnam; corresponding Japanese event Koshōgatsu); is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar, the last day of the lunisolar lunar New Year celebration. It is not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is sometimes also known as the “Lantern Festival” in locations such as Singapore and Malaysia. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns (simplified Chinese: 猜灯谜; traditional Chinese: 猜燈謎; pinyin: cāidēngmí). It officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones; in modern times, lanterns have been being embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in shapes of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting a new one, which they will let go of the next year.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is also knowninformally as Shaw’s Garden for founder Henry Shaw, a botanist and philanthropist.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United Statesand a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education of international repute, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis, with 79 acres of horticultural display. It includes a 14-acre (5.7 ha) Japanese strolling garden named Seiwa-en; the Climatron geodesic domeconservatory; a children’s garden, including a pioneer village; a playground; a fountain area and a water locking system, somewhat similar to the locking system at the Panama Canal; an Osage camp; and Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home. It is adjacent to Tower Grove Park, another of Shaw’s legacies.

In 1983, the Botanical Garden was added as the fourth subdistrict of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District.

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Welcome Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Dragon Embracing the Pillar | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Dragon Embracing the Pillar | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Lotus Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Lotus Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Lotus Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Lotus Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Lotus Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Lotus Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Lotus Ponds | Missouri Botanical Garden | Digital Oil Painting

Lantern Festival | Lotus Ponds | Missouri Botanical Garden | Digital Oil Painting

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Porcelain Dragon | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Four-Faced Buddha | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Four-Faced Buddha | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Four-Faced Buddha | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Four-Faced Buddha | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Nine-Dragon Mural | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Nine-Dragon Mural | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Nine-Dragon Mural | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Nine-Dragon Mural | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Nine-Dragon Mural | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Nine-Dragon Mural | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Butterfly Lovers | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Butterfly Lovers | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

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Lantern Festival | Colorful Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Digital Oil Painting

Lantern Festival | Colorful Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Digital Oil Painting

Lantern Festival | Colorful Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Colorful Flower | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Jiang Tai Gong Fishing | Missouri Botanical Garden | Digital Water Color

Lantern Festival | Jiang Tai Gong Fishing | Missouri Botanical Garden | Digital Water Color

Lantern Festival | Jiang Tai Gong Fishing | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Jiang Tai Gong Fishing | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

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Lantern Festival | Moonlit Pathway | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Moonlit Pathway | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Panda Paradise | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Panda Paradise | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Panda Paradise | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

Lantern Festival | Panda Paradise | Missouri Botanical Garden | Stock Photo

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