Vets For Freedom Heroes Tour– Missouri Schedule… Update: Directions

Vets For Freedom

The National Heroes Tour is rolling through Missouri on Wednesday March 26- Friday March 28

On Wednesday, March 26 Vets for Freedom and the National Heroes Tour-is coming to Missouri.


The Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour is about going coast-to-coast to generate support for our troops, highlight their successes, and rally the country to complete the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You will be able to meet and honor some real American heroes, including:

David Bellavia, author of House to House, recipient of the Silver Star, and nominee for the Medal of Honor;
Marcus Luttrell, recipient of the Navy Cross and author of the New York Times best-selling book Lone Survivor; (invited) and
Tom Parks, United States Marine Corps, Silver Star Recipient for heroic actions while under fire in combat and a Kansas City area native
Steve Russell, recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor and the man who led the battalion that captured Saddam Hussein.

These heroes will join local heroes from your community to highlight our military’s commitment to completing the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the incredible progress being made under General Petraeus.

Not only are we raising awareness and support for the mission during the National Heroes Tour, we want to say Thank You to the military community and their families.

The National Heroes Tour is rolling through Kansas City, Marshall, and St. Louis on Wednesday, March 25, Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27-come out and meet these American heroes at free events and hear their amazing stories.

** Wednesday, March 26

Kansas City – 7:00PM
Town Hall Meeting/Book Signing
National WWI Museum
100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

** Thursday, March 27

Marshall – 3:30PM
Townhall Meeting and Community Rally
Marshall Civic Center and Nicholas Beazley Museum
24 S. Jefferson Ave.
Marshall, MO 65340

** Friday, March 28

St. Louis – 7:00AM
Townhall Meeting and Breakfast
American Legion
3212 Sutton Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143

Hope to see you there!
Thanks to George M Lauer for the Missouri schedule.

Here is more information on the bus tour into St. Louis and beyond:

WHO/WHAT: On March 28, the first bus tour of its kind—a cross-country tour to support General Petraeus’s strategy and to thank recent U.S. veterans, their families, and supporters—will roll into St. Louis from Kansas City, MO.
A group of highly-decorated vets from the Afghan and Iraq fronts making 21 stops in 14 states will pick up local counterparts for community-oriented events ranging from forums to school visits. These vets will be available for media interviews on subjects ranging from their compelling survival stories on the front lines, to the pause of the troop drawdown by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, to the latest Pew Research poll on the shift in public opinion on Iraq.

Some of the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Navy Cross winners participating in the Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour (NHT) may include:

** Pete Hegseth—Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, Capt. Hegseth recently returned from Iraq (March 2) and therefore has a fresh perspective on the situation there.
** Tom Parks— Missouri resident and local vet, Parks is a Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Marine Corps and recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy.
** David Bellavia— author of House to House (a memoir about house-to-house combat in Iraq) and recipient of the Silver Star, Bellavia is also a nominee for the Medal of Honor.

WHEN/WHERE: March 28, 2008, at the following locations and others yet to be announced.
7:00-9:00 a.m. – American Legion Breakfast (Maplewood American Legion, Post 103, 3212 Sutton Ave., Maplewood, MO 63143)

*National Heroes are available for editorial/desk-side briefings, and are also willing to come to you for live shots and/or photo opps in their highly visual, photo-emblazoned tour bus.

HOW: For more on the tour, visit For interviews, or other information, please call the contacts above.

POST ST. LOUIS: The tour bus will head to Nashville, TN, and then to points further North, South and East before pulling into Washington D.C. on April 8 for an event with hundreds of recent veterans. On that day, VFF members will also visit their congressional representatives to coincide with General Petraeus’s slated April testimony before Congress about Iraq.

UPDATE: Here are directions to the American Legion Hall in Maplewood:

We’re east of Big Bend. If you come up Manchester, into Maplewood, the Sutton intersection has a stop light and is catty corner from the Shop and Save. Go south there and we are the last building on the left side of the road before you reach the train tracks. Parking lot is around the back. There is additional parking next door at the church and across the way in the railroad right of way (gravel lot).

The entire community is welcome to attend the breakfast on Friday morning.

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