Recognition, celebration, and remembrance of the men and women who have served their country, especially in times of war, are the reasons our grandparents (and great grandparents) built Soldiers Memorial in Downtown St. Louis.
The building, which was designed by the same St. Louis architectural firm as Downtown’s Chemical Building, is an important and beautiful temple whose importance is denied and whose beauty is hidden by the sad fact that its primary accommodation for people with mobility disabilities is broken beyond any reasonable hope of repair.
To replace the broken wheel chair lift - and to restore access to their own Memorial to veterans with mobility disabilities - Board of Public Service president Marjorie Melton is coordinating construction of a new, permanent ramp.
The cost of this single construction project is considerable - nearly a quarter million dollars. Much, much more could and should be done to the building itself. But the ramp is a very necessary first project and it would not be possible without the generous private assistance I will acknowledge at a ceremony tomorrow.
The ramp will be finished in August - not a moment too soon.