Work on Missouri Military Academy’s Memorial Chapel steeple was completed in the fall 2020 semester as part of the restoration of the historic building. The Memorial Chapel has been a treasured part of MMA’s history and traditions since 1961.
A generous $19,000 grant from Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation, a private foundation that is focused on improving the quality of life in Missouri, funded the steeple restoration project. After a half-century of use, the effects of time and weather had taken a toll on the chapel, creating the need for renovating and restoring the important center of cadet life activity. Learn more about Memorial Chapel.
To complete the task, MMA maintenance staff stripped the old siding and cornice work off the steeple’s lower section. They then added new polyvinyl chloride (PVC) siding panels and cornice work to each side – this high-quality PVC makes the lower section maintenance-free in the future. The maintenance staff also upgraded the electrical wiring and added steeple lights.
The steeple work was the next step of the Memorial Chapel renovation implemented by Tony McGeorge, the tenth MMA President. His efforts supported by $100,000 from MMA alumni, finished the interior of the chapel.
“The chapel reflects our 130-year history in mid-Missouri and honors the sacrifices that so many have made in dedicated service to our country and to others,” said Missouri Military Academy President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). “We are grateful for our community partners who helped support our efforts to renovate the chapel, to include repairing the steeple on this historic building.”
Support from MMA Alumni Association has been integral to the project, as well as generous support from the A.P. Green Foundation, the William T. Kemper Foundation and Commerce Bancshares Foundation, Miriam Arnold Edmonston Foundation and other supporters. Available for rent to the public, the chapel is also a popular local venue for weddings.
"Completion of the Memorial Chapel steeple is the fitting cap to the appearance and function of this wonderful and historical worship center," said MMA Chaplain Kevin Quinn. "Along with MMA's long commitment to honor and remember fallen brothers, the Memorial Chapel represents an important part of our mission to encourage cadets to grow in mind, body, and spirit."
Originally constructed as a memorial to honor alumni, faculty and staff killed in action during war, the chapel now also memorializes those alumni, faculty and staff who died in the War on Terror and first responders who lost their lives in dedicated service to others.
Memorial Chapel is used throughout the academic year for the Academy’s weekly Vespers (spiritual) services, school assemblies and periodic choir and music practices. Every cadet who has attended MMA has spent a considerable amount of time in the chapel since 1961.