Happy Memorial Day, 2006

Jefferson Barracks, the oldest operational military installation west of the Mississippi River, is 180 years old this year.

An early postcard from Jefferson Barracks.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary
St. Louis, Missouri

The Jefferson Barraks military complex, the oldest operational military installation west of the Mississippi River, received its name in honor of President Thomas Jefferson.


Relieving the guard at Street Car Depot at Jefferson Barracks. This is a pre-1917 (WWI) and post Spanish American war image. (Collection of Scott K. Williams.)

Jefferson Barracks… established in 1826 as the country’s first “Infantry School of Practice,” served as a major military installation until 1946. Named in honor of former President Thomas Jefferson, the post played an important role in westward expansion. Jefferson Barracks served as a gathering point for troops and supplies bound for service in the Mexican War, Civil War, various Indian conflicts, Spanish-American War, Philippine War, World War I and World War II. Jefferson Barracks also served as the first Army Air Corps basic training site. Stephan W. Kearny, Zachary Taylor, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, William T. Sherman and Philip Sheridan were a few of the famous Americans to serve at Jefferson Barracks.


Awaiting Shipment, circa 1918 World War I (Historic Views of Jefferson Barracks)

The first successful parachute jump from an airplane took place at Jefferson Barracks on March 1, 1912.
(How would you like to be that guy?)

Jefferson Barraks is celebrating it’s 180th Anniversary this year. Here is an interactive to learn more about it’s great history from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.


Jefferson Barracks, 1942. (St. Louis Landmarks)

May God Bless our men and women in uniform this year and always.

Democracy Project shares a few words on the Memorial Day concert from Washington
My Daily Rant has thoughts on Memorial Day.
John Stephenson has a Memorial Day linkfest going.
Michelle Malkin “Freedom is Not Free.”

Black Five has a great roundup.
Wizbang has a great roundup.
Mudville Gazette is very good with a warning to critics.
Help support the Chicago Boyz. Glenn Reynolds did.
Blogs for Bush has an outstanding post.
Betsy has words from a marine.
Bare Knuckle Politics has a tribute to the troops.
Smash has a beautiful tribute to a mother who lost her son.

George Bush also signed the funeral protest ban legislation today. It is truly a disgrace that such legislation is needed.

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