Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard Photo Gallery
Memorial Day 2010 Jefferson Barracks Lemay, MO Monday, May 31, 2010
Shown here is the MOSSAR Color Guard Teams who participated on Memorial Day 2010. The Color Guard team participated in the Memorial Day event located at Jefferson Barracks in Lemay, MO.
The Jefferson Barracks Military Post, is located on the Mississippi River at Lemay, Missouri, which is just south of St. Louis, Missouri, was an active U.S. Army installation from 1826 through 1946.
In 1827, the military post was formally named Jefferson Barracks in honor of Thomas Jefferson who had died the year before. Even William Clark's son, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Sr., would join the ranks of Jefferson Barracks. It was also designated the first "Infantry School of Practice".
Jefferson Barracks, the first permanent military post west of the Mississippi, played a prominent role in every American conflict from the time of its founding until the Army declared it surplus in 1946. During the Civil War, the post housed one of the nation’s largest military hospitals, making critical advances in the treatment of wounded sent there from distant battlefields. Among the “firsts” occurring here are the Barracks’ initial mission as the U.S. Army’s first basic training center, the organization of the First Dragoons (forerunners of the American cavalry), the first successful parachute jump from an airplane, and the operation of the first Army Air Corps Technical Training School. The Barracks provided the first military escort to merchant trains on the Santa Fe Trail, sent exploratory and protective troops out on the Oregon Trail, and served as a central depot sending both men and supplies to a major network of western forts active during the various Indian Wars. Its purchases of foodstuffs and manufactured goods and the need for means of transport to other posts played a substantial role in the commercial growth of St. Louis as a mercantile, manufacturing and distribution center.
Photo(L-R): Compatriot Bill Groth, Compatriot Jim Jackson, and Compatriot Ed Larsen.