Korean War Monument Dedication Held in Pulaski County, Missouri

Patriotic Pulaski County has a long and proud tradition of patriotism. Another symbol of our patriotic pride was unveiled Monday, November 11, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The Pulaski County Korean Association dedicated their gift, the Korean War Memorial monument to gathered onlookers and dignified guests in a ceremony that started at 9:00 a.m..

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

The monument is a tribute to the 358 soldiers from 62 counties surrounding Pulaski County that gave their lives during the Korean War.

Speakers included Charles G. Baxter (Director, Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood), 1SG (Ret.) Walter B. Dixon (Former POW/MIA- Korean War), Kyong Rainbolt (President, Pulaski County Korean Association), Stan Baughn (Director, Missouri Cemeteries Program- Missouri Veterans Commission) and Jin-hyun Lee (Consul, Korean Consulate in Chicago).

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Distinguished guests included Steve Lynch (State Representative District 122), COL Bjarne M. Iverson (Chief of Staff, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), CSM Terrence Murphy (Command Sergeant Major, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), George Sanders (Mayor of Saint Robert), Luge Hardman (Mayor of Waynesville), Dr. Virgie Mahan (President, Assistance Association), Members of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49, and Pastors of Korean Churches.

After the unveiling and acceptance of the monument Mr. Lee expressed appreciation for all those who served in the Korean War and Mrs. Rainbolt described the war as “America’s forgotten victory”. Both Mr. Lee and Mrs. Rainbolt reminded those in attendance that “Freedom is Not Free”. 60th Anniversary coins were presented to the Korean War Veterans in attendance by Mr. Lee.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.

Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon issued a proclamation that was read by Charles Baxter. The proclamation recognizes that “trade and economic development, tourism and educational and cultural exchanges advance our peoples and peoples around the world and promote peace” and also commended the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago “for honoring Korean War veterans and their families and friends”.

Governor Jay Nixon's Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Governor Jay Nixon’s Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.

The Korean War was fought from 25 June, 1950 until an armistice was signed by South Korea and North Korea 27 July, 1953. The United States sent 480,002 troops to aid South Korea against the North Korean invaders. Of these, the United States had 36, 503 casualties and 92, 073 wounded. The sacrifices made by American troops greatly helped South Korea and its people, and also helped to stop the spread of communism.

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to include this newest monument, a gift from the Pulaski County Korean Association as a stop on our Veterans Memorial Tour. This self guided driving tour directs visitors and tourists to nine tributes to our veterans that are in Pulaski County, Missouri. For your complimentary brochure call 877-858-8687 today.

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association.  #PulaskiCountyUSA #PatrioticPulaski #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

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Pulaski County USA is proud to announce our new, ongoing project thanking our Veterans, #VeteranThanks

Pulaski County USA is proud to announce our new, ongoing project thanking our Veterans, #VeteranThanks

#VeteranThanks Project

Pulaski County USA is the first Purple Heart county in Missouri. We are known for our patriotism. The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to announce the launch of a new project, #VeteranThanks, to respectfully honor our nation’s veterans. You may submit your photographs to us for inclusion in this campaign. This is not a contest, simply an invitation to show your appreciation and share your photos with others through social media… including our newly created Facebook page that is just for honoring veterans and on our other social media accounts.

Each day, year round, we will be uploading photos of Veterans to our blog at http://www.veteranthanks.blogspot.com. Submitted veterans photos will be searchable by last name or branch of service. We will be regularly adding your submitted photos. Let us thank your veteran! Start digging through those scrapbooks, as we will always be needing photos to add.

Simply email your photo of your uniformed United States veteran, any branch of service, any era of service, any geographic location to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com. You can also tweet them to @PulCoUSA. THANK YOU to all of you who have defended our freedoms! #VeteranThanks #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA

Please give this new page, http://www.facebook.com/VeteranThanks a “like” by visiting and clicking the “thumbs up”.

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#Throwback Thursday- E.A. Steckel & Ozark Springs Resort

Edmund Albert Steckel, founder of Ozark Springs Resort at Turkey Ridge, Missouri, in #PulaskiCountyUSA

Edmund Albert Steckel, founder of Ozark Springs Resort at Turkey Ridge, Missouri.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday is a tribute to #PulaskiCountyUSA’s busiest man, Edmund Albert Steckel. During the years of his constant flurry of activity, 1909-1928, E.A. Steckel opened Ozark Springs Resort in 1922. The old resort property is still a destination today as visitors, tourists, and curiosity seekers travel to The Cave Restaurant & Resort to enjoy a meal in the restaurant that is located inside a pre-historic cave that overlooks the Gasconade River.

To learn more about E.A. Steckel, Ozark Springs Resort, & Turkey Ridge, please refer to the 2011 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette11/E.%20A.%20Steckel%20Ozark%20Springs.pdf

If you like our blog, you will LOVE our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA

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Events for the week of August 12th –August 18th, 2013

August 16th – 13th Annual Know Your World
What: 39 countries share their food, culture, and customs
Where: Nutter Field House, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 6 pm until 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Kay Lowder- 573.563.0068

Know Your World Flyer

Know Your World Flyer

August 17th- Run For The Fallen
What: 5K
Where: Gammon Field, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Registration begins at 6:30 am, Run begins at 7:30 am
Cost: $15
Contact: Melinda-573.329.6772

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Run For The Fallen Flyer

August 17th-Car Show & BBQ
Where: Trinity Club, Saint Robert
When: Starts at 3 pm
Cost: Call for details
Contact: 573.336.0024

August 17th- 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

August 17th- 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

August 17th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573.855.3644

August 17th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:

August 24th & August 25t: Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show
August 24th: Get There and Share 5K
August 24th: Benefit Poker Run Float
August 31st: Railroad Days
August 31st: BBQ Cook-Off

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Events for the week of July 22nd –July 28th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
July 23rd: McMillen Tours
July 24th: International Military Students

July 26th & July 27th – Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “Oliver Twist”
What: Community theater performance
Where: Theater On The Square, Waynesville
When: House opens at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee: House opens at 2 pm, show starts at 2:30 pm
Cost: Adults $10, Children $5
Contact: Tracy Moran-573.855.6625

July 27th – 5K Rhino Run
Where: Colyer Park, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 8 am
Cost: Adults $21, Kids $15
Contact: 573.596.0300

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5K Rhino Run Flyer

July 27th- Old Settlers Day & Duck Race
What: Festival in the park celebrating the Old Settlers of Pulaski County
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Jan Primas- 573.435.6766

July 27th- Glow In The Dark Night
What: Live band, hula hoopers, glow events
Where: Shundahai Campground, Saint Robert
When: 8 pm
Cost: Call for pricing
Contact: Viki- 573.336.1226

July 27th- 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 27th- 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 27th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573.855.3644

July 27th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:

August 2nd: I-44 Shoot Out Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull
August 3rd: Lights & Sirens 5K Kolor Run
August 3rd: Ride For Our Heroes
August 3rd: Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

Local Professional Receives CDME Certification

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Twenty-three industry professionals have earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. Currently in its 21st year, just over 200 destination marketing professionals have achieved the CDME designation, with more than 600 participants currently enrolled in the program.

“The CDME program is recognized by the industry as the highest educational achievement for destination management professionals. The achievement of these CDME graduates is outstanding, and requires a significant commitment in time and resources,” said Michael D. Gehrisch, DMAI President and CEO.

The CDME program is an advanced educational program designed to prepare senior DMO executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and industry leaders. The program focuses on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

“By earning this designation, these graduates join an elite group of professionals who seek to elevate the industry and its standards,” said Kristin McGrath, CDME, Chair of DMAI’s Education Committee.

These individuals were recognized during the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) 99th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida on July 15-17, 2013.

“Working through the process of obtaining my certification was extremely important to me, both personally and professionally. This program has offered educational opportunities to enhance my leadership of our organization”, Beth Wiles, CDME, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Fellow constituents include; Patrick Tuttle, Joplin CVB, Keith Backsen, Vice President, Spokane Regional CVB, Kim Baker, Director of Marketing, Santa Monica CVB, Karyl Leigh Barnes, Senior Vice President/Partner, Development Counsellors International, Vicki Higgins, Executive Marketing Officer & EVP, Newport Beach and Company, Misty Johantgen, Senior Vice President, Partner Relations & Development, Visit Orlando, Linda John, Executive Director, Visit Eau Claire, Jennifer Johnson, Director of Finance, Monterey County CVB, Nancy Justman, Executive Director, Visit Brookfield, Stephen Koranda, Executive Director, Norman CVB, Kathy McKillip, Director, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Diane Morgenthaler, Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning, Greater Madison CVB, Todd O’Leary, Vice President of Partnership, San Francisco Travel Association, Wes Rhea, CEO, Stockton CVB, Marla Roe, Executive Director, Frisco CVB, Lauren Rogers, Director, Sales and Services, Santa Monica CVB, Shannon Rose, Director of Business Services, Calhoun County CVB, Kathy Silverthorn, Executive Director, Red Wing CVB, Tico Soto, Sales Director, Lakes Charles/SW Louisiana, Eric Summe, President & CEO, Northern Kentucky CVB, Jay Tusa, Director of Communications and Research, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Ellie Westmin Chin, Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Events, Atlanta CVB.

Image: Beth Wiles, CDME, Executive Director, Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, St. Robert Missouri.

This Week Around #PulaskiCountyUSA

Events for the week of July 15th –July 21st, 2013

July 19th, July 20th, & July 21st – Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “Oliver Twist”
What: Community theater performance
Where: Theater On The Square, Waynesville
When: House opens at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee: House opens at 2 pm, show starts at 2:30 pm
Cost: Adults $10, Children $5
Contact: Tracy Moran-573.855.6625

July 19th & July 20th – Ozark Rodeo Association Rodeo
What: Two days of rodeo action
Where: Richland Saddle Club
When: 7 pm
Cost: Adults $8, Kids 6-10 $4
Contact: 573.793.3193

Ozark Rodeo Association Rodeo at Richland Saddle Club in Pulaski County flyer

Ozark Rodeo Association Rodeo at Richland Saddle Club in Pulaski County flyer

July 20th & July 21st-Doomsday Preppers & Storm Chaser & Severe Weather Festival
What: There are lectures, movies, and static displays; plus storm chase vehicles. Learn about severe weather.
Where: Missouri Festival Park, Dixon
When: Call for times
Cost: $5, Kids 6 and younger FREE
Contact: 573.759.2378
For information regarding Pulaski County lodging options contact Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- 573.336.6355

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Doomsday Preppers & Storm Chaser & Severe Weather Festival flyer

July 20th- 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 20th- 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 20th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573.855.3644

July 20th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:

July 26th & July 27th- PFAA Presents “Oliver Twist”
July 27th- Old Settler’s Day & Duck Race

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents