A dedication ceremony for the Western Military Academy Memorial is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. Now the site of Mississippi Valley Christian School, Western Military graduated 92 classes before closing in 1971. A group of past graduates are working to keep the memory of the school alive and have created a memorial to honor the school.
Among those involved in the project are C.B. Jackson. He says the pocket park is inside the memorial gate area along Seminary Street.
Western boasted a competitive football team as well. In 1904 Western began a football competition with Alton High School. The annual Thanksgiving Day game, pitting the cadets against the public school team, became "the biggest event on the Alton sports calendar", according to some historians. The rivalry was discontinued in 1952. The dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday May 25 at 10am inside the school gymnasium.