History Begets Art: “Marechaussee on Horseback”

The Military Police Corps Regiment was officially established September 26, 1941, just shy of 75 years ago. Their roots run much deeper though, all the way back to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. General Washington requested that the Provost Marshall position be created to handle the Continental Army’s disciplinary issues. William Maroney was tapped to fulfill the newly created staff position in January, 1776. During the Spring of 1778, Congress established the Provost Corps. General Washington referred to these troops as the “Marechaussee”, a French term used to describe a local guard force, or, loosely, the constabulary. The Marechaussee Corps would be formed exclusively as a police organization. Organized and equipped as light dragoons, they utilized their speed to aid in troop movements and in moving prisoners from the battlefield. The Marechaussee protected the Army’s rear and flanks during troop movements, searched for stragglers, guarded river crossings, and engaged in combat when needed.

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“Marechaussee on Horseback” by sculptor James Hall III. Photo courtesy of United States Army Military Police Corps Regimental Museum.

During the Military Police Corps 75th anniversary celebration, to honor this legacy, Military Police Regimental Association will host a ribbon cutting of James Hall III’s sculpture “Marechaussee on Horseback” at Memorial Park (Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri) September 19th, 2016 at 0945, followed by the annual Memorial Grove Dedication at 1000.

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“Gateway to the Regiment” by artist James Hall III. Image by Mr. Michael Curtis (Fort Leonard Wood).

“Marechaussee on Horseback” joins Mr. Hall’s bronze crossed pistol archway, “Gateway to the Regiment” (2008), and his 10 foot tall bronze replica of a World War II era Military Police soldier, “Of the Troops and for the Troops” (2010).

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“Of the Troops and for the Troops” by sculptor James Hall III. Photo courtesy of Military Police Regimental Association.

“Marechaussee on Horseback” depicts a lone mounted police soldier, surveying an endless field, and contemplating the Military Police Corps’ past, present, and future. The visual inspiration for the piece is Rick Reeves’ artwork “Dawn of the Regiment”. The sculpture is made of silicon bronze (copper with some tin), is almost 18 feet tall, almost 11 feet long, and weighs in at just under 3,000 pounds. The majority of the statue is 3/16″ thick. The legs of the horse are 1/4″ thick. During a four year long process, the piece was sculpted at JH Creative Studio in Nixa, Missouri and then shipped to AdAstra Art Bronze in Lawrence, Kansas where molten bronze was poured into the ceramic molds. After the molds were broken off of the hardened bronze mixture each piece was welded together and the patina was applied. The completed sculpture was installed at Memorial Grove September 2, 2016.

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“Marechaussee on Horseback” by artist James Hall III. Photo courtesy of United States Army Military Police Corps Regimental Museum.

Memorial Park is a serene location for soldiers, past and present, to reflect and to pay homage to fallen comrades. Memorial Park is home to the Chemical Corps Memorial and the Engineers Memorial, in addition to the Military Police Memorial. The Veterans’ Memorial serves as the central hub. The Engineers Memorial Grove includes a nine foot tall bronze sculpture, “The Sapper”, by Andrew Chernak, which was unveiled May 5, 2006. Replicas of “Gateway to the Regiment”, “Of the Troops and for the Troops”, and “Marechausse on Horeseback” are available at the nearby Mahaffey Museum Complex gift shop. For Fort Leonard Wood Access Control and Gate Information please refer to http://www.wood.army.mil/LEC/SOB/Access%20Control%20and%20Gate%20Information.html.

For more ideas on things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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Throwback Thursday- Fort Leonard Wood Barracks

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday post is a salute to #FortLeonardWood and to United States Veterans everywhere! Help #PatrioticPulaski honor the defenders of our freedom with our #VeteranThanks project. Details can be found at goo.gl/0XpNXJ.

Millions of United States Army careers have began at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, many of them in barracks like those pictured on this vintage historical postcard. Fort Leonard Wood, in #PulaskiCountyUSA, was created December 1940, and except for a brief time before the Korean War has been training soldiers ever since. Today, Fort Leonard Wood trains service members from all branches of service- Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force and even Coast Guard.

A squad room at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri is the subject of this vintage postcard.

A squad room at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri is the subject of this vintage postcard.

This Week Around #PulaskiCountyUSA

Events for the week of July 1st –July 7th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
July 3rd: International Military Students

July 4th- “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K / 10K
What: 5K / 10K Color Run
Where: Davidson Fitness Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 7 am
Cost: $25
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR- 573.596.4359

Flyer for Color 5K / 10K on Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, MO

Flyer for Color 5K / 10K on Fort Leonard Wood

July 4th- MWR Independence Day Celebration
What: Car Show, Volleyball Tournament, Salute To The Nation, U.S. Army Soldier Show, 399th Army Band, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Dunk Tank, NASCAR Simulator, Concessions, Vendors, Fireworks
Where: Gammon Field, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Activities start at 3 pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR- 573.596.6913

Flyer for 4th of July Celebration on Fort Leonard Wood, in Pulaski County Missouri

Flyer for 4th of July Celebration on Fort Leonard Wood, in Pulaski County Missouri

July 5th & July 6th- Red, White, and Blue Chili & Dutch Oven Cook-Off
What: Chili & Dutch Oven Cook-Off
Where: Missouri Festival Park, Dixon
When: Call for details
Cost: Call for details
Contact: Missouri Festival Park- 573.759.2378
For information regarding Pulaski County lodging options contact Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- 573.336.6355

July 6th- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Waynesville Park
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573.586.8438

July 6th:- Richland Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: 200 block of South Pine, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett: 573.765.4033

July 6th- Buckhorn Blast & Passport Poker Run
What: Family fun activities, passport style poker run, & fireworks
Where: Pulaski County-Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club, Buckhorn
When: Passport Poker Run– Register between 8 am and 12 Noon, all passports returned by 7 pm
Family Day/Fireworks- Activities begin at noon and fireworks begin at 10 pm
Cost: Passport Poker Run– $15 per person, $25 per couple
Family Day/Fireworks– $5 per person, under 12 FREE
Contact: Mike “Taz” Moeller- 573.528.1528

Flyer for Buckhorn Blast & Passport Poker Run

Flyer for Buckhorn Blast & Passport Poker Run

July 6th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573.855.3644

July 6th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573.435.6766

July 6th- Richland Independence Day Celebration
What: Pork Tenderloin Dinner & Fireworks
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: DJ entertainment and food begins at 6 pm, fireworks display begins at approximately 9:15 pm
Cost: Nominal fee for food, entertainment & fireworks display are FREE
Contact: Richland Park Board- 573.765.3532

July 6th- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation at the historic Talbot House
Where: Talbot House Antiques & Collectibles, 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Call for start time
Cost: $20 per person, reservations required
Contact: Dawnmarie Cecora- 573.528.2149

Looking Ahead:

July 12th & 13th- PFAA Presents: “Oliver Twist”
July 13th & July 14th- Gospel, Bluegrass, & Fish Fry Festival
July 13th- 4-Da Dawgs Car Show

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D.A.V. Harry L Herron Chapter No 49 Purple Heart Ceremony

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History was made June 3, 2013 when Disabled American Veterans Harry L Herron Chapter No 49 was recognized as a Purple Heart Supportive Chapter by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. D.A.V. Chapter 49 becomes the first service chapter to receive this designation nationwide.

This designation is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA. Pulaski County as a whole has been recognized as a Purple Heart County, and two of its cities, St. Robert and Waynesville, MO have both been recognized as Purple Heart Cities.

To learn more about the Purple Heart Trail and for information on booking your next military reunion in Pulaski County USA (a Purple Heart County and home of Fort Leonard Wood) please call 877-858-8687 or visit:

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Music: “We Were There” performed by U.S. Army Band

Pulaski County USA Family Weekend Getaways (Radio Spot)

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A weekend getaway with the family only lasts a few days, but the memories last a lifetime. Come to Pulaski County and float the scenic Big Piney or Gasconade Rivers, or wet a line in our nationally recognized trout streams.

To learn more, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyTourismBureauVisitorCenter), or log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

St. Robert: Pulaski County USA’s Business Hub

St. Robert rises to life on Interstate 44 as a welcome destination for weary travelers. Boasting over 1,700 hotel rooms and a wide variety of American and International cuisine restaurants, St. Robert is the perfect stop as the sun fades on a long day- but it also provides a destination in itself.

Saint Robert Municipal Center

Saint Robert Municipal Center

The youngest city in Pulaski County, Missouri, St. Robert is the business hub for surrounding communities. National franchises and local merchants give way to the main entrance of Fort Leonard Wood, home of the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Support Center and training post for the Engineer, Chemical, and Military Police Corps.

Visitors have always enjoyed sunny afternoons in St. Robert’s parks. The town is proud of its dedication to community and family; picnic areas, playground areas, skate park, and Tiger Pride Aquatic Center provide afternoons of diversion for families. The St. Robert Community Center is home to car shows, the Pulaski County Fair, Black Powder trade show and many more events throughout the year. Learn more about St. Robert at the Municipal Center Museum, play a round of golf at Municipal Golf Course, a par 3, 9 hole, pitch & putt course.  Be one of the first to play the only course in the Midwest with synthetic greens! The paved walking trails that line the city complete the local landscape and provide an outdoor diversion for travelers. There are even park areas that pay proud tribute to the Armed Forces and neighboring Fort Leonard Wood with the presence of decommissioned Army and Marine vehicles. The authentic pieces make great photo opportunities.

Visitors have always enjoyed sunny afternoons in St. Robert’s parks.

Visitors have always enjoyed sunny afternoons in St. Robert’s parks.

Tiger Pride Aquatic Center provide afternoons of diversion for families.

Tiger Pride Aquatic Center provide afternoons of diversion for families.

Learn more about St. Robert at the Municipal Center Museum.

Learn more about St. Robert at the Municipal Center Museum.

play a round of golf at Municipal Center Golf Course.

Municipal Golf Course in St. Robert is the only course in the Midwest with synthetic greens.

Reed Park, on historic Route 66 in St. Robert is a great photo opportunity!

Reed Park, on historic Route 66 in St. Robert is a great photo opportunity!

On January 7th, 2013 St. Robert became a Purple Heart City on the Interstate 44 Purple Heart Trail. Pulaski County became a Purple Heart County on the I-44 Purple Heart Trail February 14th of the same year, and St. Robert’s sister city, Waynesville, became a Purple Heart City on March 21, 2013. Receiving the Purple Heart designation expresses the desire of the cities and the county to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal and is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA.

Saint Robert's patriotic themed water tower was a finalist in Tnemec's 2012 Tank of the Year competition.The three legs of this water tower point to the three rivers (Big Piney, Gasconade, & Roubidoux)  in Pulaski County USA.

Saint Robert’s patriotic themed water tower was a finalist in Tnemec’s 2012 Tank of the Year competition.The three legs of this water tower point to the three rivers (Big Piney, Gasconade, & Roubidoux) in Pulaski County USA.

Saint Robert was the second city in Missouri, and the first on Interstate 44, to be recognized as a Purple Heart City.

Saint Robert was the second city in Missouri, and the first on Interstate 44, to be recognized as a Purple Heart City.

For more information on the City of Saint Robert, Missouri in Pulaski County USA visit www.saintrobert.com

To learn more about lodging, dining and recreation in St. Robert and surrounding areas visit www.pulaskicountyusa.com

For events, activities, and things to do in Saint Robert, Missouri visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

Sportsman’s Trade Show Radio Spot 1304

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Sporting and outdoor enthusiasts, so head over to The Barn, near Dixon, April 13th, for the Sportsmans Trade Show. You can buy, sell, and trade knives, guns, Indian artifacts, outdoor camping gear and more!

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