Rallies, Runs, & Rides Radio Spot 1304

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Pulaski County USA’s central location, winding country roads, storied Route 66 pavement, and community support for those who ride make us a welcoming destination for our two wheeled and three wheeled friends.
For a calendar of rallies, runs, and rides log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.
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Experience the open road in Pulaski County USA!

Experience the open road in Pulaski County USA!

Bell Hotel: Historic Route 66

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Bell Hotel: Historic Route 66

#PulaskiCountyUSA has been a travel destination for families for generations. This vintage postcard depicts Bell Hotel, on the banks of the Roubidoux River, in Waynesville. The hotel was constructed around a one room cabin and parts of that structure are still visible inside the building today. The hotel began meeting the needs of auto tourists from the very beginning of Route 66. presently, the building is operated as Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Earth Day Geocaching Radio Spot 1304

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Show your Earth Day appreciation with your family by exploring Pulaski County USA’s scenic beauty while searching for more than forty geocaches. Kick off your treasure hunt at Waynesville Community Park April 20th.
For details on this event, and a complete calendar of upcoming events log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

History Made As Pulaski County Designated First “Purple Heart County” in Missouri

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Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Missouri, Everett Kelly made his third trip to Pulaski County in as many months on March 25, 2013 to present Pulaski County Commissioners with a plaque and flag recognizing the county as a Purple Heart County. Pulaski County is the first county in Missouri to receive this designation, joining in the states effort to honor those veterans who have been wounded or killed while in military service to our country. The declaration follows legislative action which made Missouri’s entire sections of Interstate 44 and 70 a Purple Heart Trail.

A Purple Heart County is a community with “great admiration and gratitude for the men and women who have served this country.”

Commander Kelly, a two-time Purple Heart recipient, along with other Purple Heart recipients, a color guard, and Presiding Pulaski County Commissioner Gene Newkirk raised the County’s Purple Heart flag above the courthouse.

Commander Kelly had previously journeyed to Pulaski County to designate the City of St. Robert and the City of Waynesville as Purple Heart Cities. St. Robert received its designation January 7, 2013, and sister city Waynesville, received its designation March 21, 2013.

The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The Purple Heart Trail originates in Mount Vernon, Va., and traverses the United States to California.

The designation of both St. Robert and Waynesville as Purple Heart Cities, in addition to Pulaski County being recognized as a Purple Heart County, is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA.

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Waynesville Designated As “Purple Heart City”

City of Waynesville, Mo Purple Heart City plaque.

City of Waynesville, Mo Purple Heart City plaque.

The City of Waynesville joined sister city, Saint Robert, as a Purple Heart City on March 21, 2013. Waynesville is now part of the Purple Heart Trail along Interstate 44. The City of Saint Robert became the first city on the Interstate 44 corridor to become a Purple Heart City on the Purple Heart Trail January 7, 2013.  Waynesville is the fifth city in Missouri to receive the Purple Heart City designation, joining in the states effort to honor those veterans who have been wounded or killed while in military service to our country. The declaration follows legislative action which made Missouri’s entire sections of Interstate 44 and 70 a Purple Heart Trail.

A Purple Heart City is a community with “great admiration and gratitude for the men and women who have served this country.”

Commander Everett Kelley, of Buffalo, and long-time Waynesville resident, SGM (Retired) Edgar Irizarry presented a flag and plaque to the City making that designation. Mayor Luge Hardman stated that the City is “honored to be included in this designation, as we honor the service of our valiant military.”  The City of Waynesville will proudly fly the Purple Heart flag on special days.

Ret SGM Edgar Izizarry and Commander Everett Kelley present the Purple Heart City flag to Waynesville Mayor, Luge Hardman. The flag will proudly be flown on special days.

Ret SGM Edgar Izizarry and Commander Everett Kelley present the Purple Heart City flag to Waynesville Mayor, Luge Hardman. The flag will proudly be flown on special days.

The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The Purple Heart Trail originates in Mount Vernon, Va., and traverses the United States to California.

The designation of both St. Robert and Waynesville as Purple Heart Cities is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA.

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Pulaski County Outfitter Association River Heritage

The Pulaski County Outfitter Association welcomes you to the rivers and streams of Pulaski County. We are blessed here to have some of the best recreational outdoor opportunities found in the Missouri Ozarks. Pulaski County has a great river heritage where generations of families have enjoyed swimming, camping, floating and fishing along our many rivers and streams.

I know you will be excited to see our towering limestone bluffs and the pristine scenery found along the Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers. Our floatable streams are spring-fed and offer year round opportunities for you and your family to see nature at its best.

Big Piney, Devils Elbow

Big Piney, Devils Elbow

Our rivers and streams are served by our association member outfitters who offer great camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, cabin and lodge rentals opportunities. A float trip on the Big Piney or Gasconade River is a great way to relax and to see the wonder of the Missouri Ozarks.

Our association members encourage you to let us help you plan your next outdoor adventure. We are here to serve you and look to earn your business while you are here in Pulaski County. As you discover the majesty of all there is to do here please take time to connect – or reconnect with the outdoors; our float streams have much to offer.

Fishing Along the Big Piney

Fishing Along the Big Piney

Welcome to Pulaski County. Please enjoy your vacation and all our wonderful county has to offer…

Larry Helms, President

Pulaski County Outfitter Association

This Week Around #PulaskiCountyUSA

Events for the week of March 25th – March 31st, 2013

 March 29th- Sit, Stay, Rock-N-Roll Over
What: Benefit dinner & concert featuring Kricket Alley and special guest, Chelsey Jones. Proceeds to go to Pulaski County Humane Society and Waynesville Shelter.
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
When: 6 – 10 pm
Cost: Advance: 1 for $15, 2 for $25 Kids under 5 – $5
At The Door: 1 for $18, 2 for $30
Contact: 573-452-3862

March 30th– 5th Annual FMWR Easter Egg Hunt
What: Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Colyer Park, Nebraska Avenue, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 9 am
Cost: FREE
Contact: 573-596-6913

March 30th-American Legion Post 331 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
What: Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 9:00 am
Cost: FREE
Contact: Don Gerspach: 573-512-1419

March 30th-5th Annual Richland Easter Egg Hunt
What:
Easter Egg Hunt
Where:
Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: 1:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: City of Richland: 573-765-4421

Looking Ahead:

April 6th: 2nd Annual Race For The Ribbons
April 6th: Sports Cards & Collectibles Show
April 6th: Route 66 Scrabble Run
April 6th: 2nd Annual Kidz Karnival
April 6th: Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Talbot House

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at:

 http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Fort Leonard Wood: Historic Route 66

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Fort Leonard Wood: Historic Route 66

#PulaskiCountyUSA has been a travel destination for families for generations. This vintage postcard depicts the turn off from Historic Route 66 to Fort Leonard Wood. Since its construction in late 1940, the post has become renowned for state-of-the-art training and support of national defense and has served as the launching point for millions of military careers.

To get your turn by turn directions of Route 66 call 877-858-8687 or visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

Military Reunion Information

Pulaski County has unparalleled advantages as an ideal site for a military reunion.

Pulaski County has unparalleled advantages as an ideal site for a military reunion.

Destination Overview

We are not LOST IN THE WOODS any more…

Pulaski County, MO is the proud home of one of the largest military installations in the United States, Fort Leonard Wood. That unique asset-combined with our central location,first class military museums, natural scenic beauty and welcoming atmosphere-gives Pulaski County unparalleled advantages as an ideal site for a military reunion.

With the latest additions of the Military Police and Chemical Warfare schools to the existing Army Engineer school, Ft. Wood is the largest training installation in North America. Training includes all three branches of the military—including the Coast Guard and National Guard—and one of the largest contingents of foreign soldiers training world-wide. The post is open to the public and available for tours. Off post has changed dramatically as well. Pulaski County offers more than 39 lodging facilities including bed and breakfasts, motels and large national chains. Choose from over 1,600 sleeping rooms and over 70 restaurants offering hometown flavor (such as lip-smacking BBQ), national chains and many diverse ethnic foods.

Geographic Description

We’d call it a hideaway if it weren’t so easy to find…By air-fly into the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport or by land-we are centrally located along Interstate 44. Pulaski County is a short drive from Kansas City and Branson, just two hours west of St. Louis and one hour from other enjoyable attractions including the St. James Winery region, the Osage Beach Outlet Mall and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Pulaski County offers:

• 39 Hotel/Motel options
• Over 70 Restaurants (from major franchises to out-of-the-ordinary dining experiences)
• Antiquing Trail
• 9 Historical Museums
• Historic Route 66
• Meandering Rivers and Breathtaking Ozark Scenery

Only location in the country with 3 Army Branch Museums-

Mahaffey Museum Complex

Named after the civilian to the Secretary of the Army, the museum complex houses the rich history and contributions of the Military Police, Army Engineers and Chemical Warfare Units during conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War. The museum complex is also adjacent to the WWII Army Complex museum replicating Fort Leonard Wood as it was during the 1940s. The Mahaffey Museum began as the U.S. Army Engineer Museum when it moved from Fort Belvoir, VA in 1989. The Military Police and Chemical Warfare schools moved to Fort Leonard Wood in 1999 and brought their respective museums to the Mahaffey Museum Complex.

The Military Police Museum

Get insight into the development of the Military Police from Provost to Modern Day Peacekeeper. See exhibits from old cap and ball pistols to modern day equipment. See how the Military Police handled marauders and deserters in the wild western days of the 1800s or prisoners of war during WWI and WWII. View the roles of the Military Police during the Korean and Vietnam wars, as well as, the most recent activity in Somalia and Iraq. Holding facilities like Fort Leavenworth are also featured.

The U.S. Army Engineer Museum

This museum represents the different roles engineers play in the U.S. Army. The encyclopedia gallery includes artifacts and replicas dating back to the days of paddlewheels and pontoons. The topographic area features tools and projects of the surveyors and mapmakers from colonial times through the present. The land mine
display features mines, detectors and foreign armament used to develop land mine warfare technology. There are also models of the many different bridges the engineers build – floating, fixed and mobile and the explosives the engineers use to demolish the same types of bridges.

The Chemical Warfare Museum

Visitors get a first-hand look at the impact chemicals have had on conflicts dating all the way back to 1100 A.D. First-hand accounts and photographs of chemical warfare from WWI through Desert Storm and projections of future chemical development weave a story of innovation and survival of soldiers and important animals like horses of the Calvary and canines of the K-9 corps and the equipment used to protect them.

WWII Company Area

This collection of restored, temporary mobilization buildings is representative of the hundreds of thousands of buildings built throughout the United States from 1939 to 1945. During the peak of construction at Fort Leonard Wood in 1941, a building was being completed at the rate of every 45 minutes. During WWII, Fort Leonard Wood housed 5 infantry divisions, one artillery brigade and an Engineer Replacement Training Center,
training over 250,000 soldiers. Since its completion in the spring of 1941, over 3,000,000 soldiers have been trained here and Fort Leonard Wood is now considered one of the premier training installations of the Army and trains soldiers from all branches of the Armed Forces.

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Complimentary Services

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is excited to offer our services and expertise in planning your military reunion. Our partnership with Fort Leonard Wood provides us with many advantages in coordinating a memorable and successful event. Our experienced staff can assist you with many aspects of the planning process.

• Ft. Leonard Wood POC
• Facility needs
• Airport information
• Meal and lodging bid proposals
• Site inspections
• Customized itinerary planning
• Spouse itinerary planning
• Visitor center welcome receptions
• Event specialty items

Bring your reunion group to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, centrally located in the United States. We're right along I-44 between St. Louis & Branson.

Bring your reunion group to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, centrally located in the United States. We’re right along I-44 between St. Louis & Branson.

“Battle Buddies” Radio Spot

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Bring your battle buddies back to where it all began in patriotic Pulaski County. A reunion specialist will help you to make your military reunion memorable & successful with complimentary planning services and itineraries. For more details log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com or contact Karen Hood at 573-336-6355.