The St. Elizabeth Veterans Memorial is dedicated to all the men and women of the community who have been in military service, with special recognition for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country and our way of life.
Facts about the Memorial
• Located at the southwest corner of the central town square, on the church lot across the street from the St. Elizabeth Mutual Insurance Co. home office.
• Conceived and built in 2008.
• Began on the initiative of Al Luetkemeyer on behalf of the St. Elizabeth Mutual Insurance Co. to Ray Doerhoff, Commander of the St. Elizabeth American Legion Post 545. • St. Elizabeth Mutual Insurance Co. funded the project.
• Planning Committee: Ray Doerhoff, Al Luetkemeyer, Dale Doerhoff, Charles Wilde
• Planning Committee decided on the preferred location, the general design, scope of names to be included, ground lease, general contractor, etc.
• It was decided to recognize every person within the community who is or was in military service during war or peace (more inclusive than the definition of wartime veterans).
• The community was defined as the St. Elizabeth R-IV School district The district includes the areas around St. Elizabeth, St. Anthony and Capps.
• Persons must live within the district for at least five years to be included.
• A memorial of tablets in a circle around a central flagpole was designed by Rosetta Doerhoff (Mrs. Ray Doerhoff).
• Based on the design and location, Dale Struemph provided computer generated images for the plan.
• Dale Doerhoff worked with the pastor of St. Lawrence Church and the bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, who holds title to the church property, to secure permission and a long-term lease.
• Kidwell Monument Co. of Versailles provided drawings for the stone tablets and fabricated the tablets and center podium of gray granite.
• Loethen Construction, Inc., Anthony Loethen, president, was the general contractor for the construction of the memorial.
• The memorial was dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008. (The photo on the preceding page was taken that day.)
• American Legion Post 545 maintains the memorial and has an annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor and remember those who served and to install a new American flag.
• Names are added to the memorial from time to time as they are brought to the Legion Post’s attention. By November 2015 there were 526 names on the memorial. By 2022 there were 543 names engraved in stone (540 on the fronts of six tablets with three spilling over onto the back).
• Veterans from the community who were killed action were given special recognition on a seventh stone tablet and with information in a notebook protected by a glass cover on the podium. Over the years, the elements took their toll of the notebook, and in 2022 the notebook and dome were replaced by a titanium plaque on the podium with QR codes to enable visitors to access the information using their smart phones.
Early in 2008 I (Ray Doerhoff) was commander of the local American Legion Post when one of the members, Al Luetkemeyer, asked me whether I thought it would be feasible to erect a veterans memorial in St. Elizabeth if he could secure funding for such a project. I told him I thought it would be an excellent idea. He said he would present the idea to the board of directors of St. Elizabeth Mutual Insurance Co., of which he was a member, and they agreed to fund such a memorial. Four American Legion members, Ray Doerhoff, Al Luetkemeyer, Charles Wilde and Dale Doerhoff were then assigned to plan and complete the project. The committee had to decide: Where to locate such a memorial What veterans should be included What information, besides names, should be included How large an area should veterans be chosen from A design for the memorial The desired location was on the same block as the St. Lawrence Church in St. Elizabeth and approval was granted for this The decision was to include ALL veterans regardless of how long or when they had served. This goes back to the Civil War and up to the present. They decided to include names only on the six large granite stones around the circle that would hold 90 names each. They decided to have a central stone dedicated to the seven veterans Killed in Action along with appropriate information. At the center of the circle of stones is a large flag pole along with a marble podium that contains an information book under a weatherproof transparent dome. This book contains additional information on those killed in action and lists name, rank, dates of service, branch of service and other information about each veteran listed on the stones. The area to be covered was decided to be the St. Elizabeth R-4 School District, which includes the towns to St. Anthony and Capps, and now lists 526 veteran’s names from this area. The memorial was designed by Rosetta Doerhoff (Mrs. Ray Doerhoff) with final detailed drawings by draftsmen and monument makers.
By RBD 11/27/15
Veterans Memorial - Plan for engraving 7th stone for KIA and credits (pdf)Download
Veterans Memorial CGI Oblique View w notes by RBD (pdf)Download
Veterans Memorial Kidwell Bid for Granite Tablets (pdf)Download
Veterans Memorial Location on Church Square (pdf)Download
Veterans Memorial Plan Drawing (pdf)Download
Veterans List for Memorial Book - Updated 10 27 16 (pdf)Download