On Tuesday, May 10, the third graders at Assumption Elementary School in O’Fallon MO hosted a “wax museum” for their parents and fellow students. Each student chose and researched a notable person from Missouri. Then, dressed as this favorite character, they presented a short script detailing the character’s life. The students presented a wide variety of noteworthy men and women to each visitor that walked by.
One young man, Vincent Wilmoth, paid the highest tribute to our founder, Ralph Barrale Sr. of the St. Charles County Veterans Museum. Vincent had visited the museum many times, and was inspired to tell the story of Barrale, a WWII veteran, and lifelong supporter of all who have served their country.
Well done, young man! Ralph would have been so proud of you!
Here is the text of Vincent’s presentation:
Hi, my name is Ralph Barrale. I was born on January 22, 1924, in the St. Louis area. I was drafted into the Army at age 19 in 1943. I was an MP, which means Military Police. I served at D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and the Nuremberg trials. During my time in the Army, I was awarded 4 Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. Soon after my discharge from the Army I married my wife; Rose and I started our family together. After raising my family, I dedicated my time to recognition of veterans in St. Charles County. My projects include naming the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Highway 364, Veterans Memorial Park in Lake St. Louis and the St. Charles County Veterans Museum. Unfortunately, I was never able to see the Veterans Museum, as I passed away 3 weeks before they received the keys. Please remember, “No one is ever gone, as long as someone still has memories of them.” Ralph Barrale
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