Flags of Valor

Art Hill is the steep and expansive hill in front of the St. Louis Art Museum.  It’s a gathering spot for special events, most notably the annual balloon glow held the night before The Great Balloon Race.  It’s also the place to be after a good snow.  One of my best memories is from many years ago when some creative guys brought a car hood and used that as a sled.  It held quite a few people.  Of course a chevron of heavy steel coming down a hill full of people is a terrible accident waiting to happen.  I haven’t been sledding there in years but I doubt that there are car hoods on the hill any more.  If there are, I’m sure there is a city ordinance saying you have to wear a helmet when hood sledding.

A relatively new use of the hill took place on September 11, 2016.  To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States, America’s Heartland Remembers put 7,021 flags on display at Art Hill.  Each one had a photograph of a fallen member of the military killed in the war on terror since 9/11/2001.  This was also done on September 11, 2001 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attack.

Below are some of the photos I took when visiting the display in 2016.




This water area is known as The Grand Basin.  I think though the official name is different now and is The _____ Basin or something similar.  Fill in the blank with the name of a corporation (I forget which) that has been very active and financially supportive of projects to improve the Forest Park which is where the museum (free admission), the zoo (free admission), the history museum (free admission), and multiple other attractions are located.


Of course if I’m at the St. Louis Art Museum and I have my camera with me I have to take photos of the statue of St. Louis which is located in the front of the museum.


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