ST CHARLES, Mo. — A local group of volunteers who runs the St. Charles County Veterans Museum is trying to raise $5,000 for the museum by Veterans day.

The Vision Leadership St. Charles County Class of 2020 is asking for the help of the community to make the deadline.

The museum is a 501 (c) 3 Non-profit. The Vision Leadership group said that despite donations from local supporters, only $900 was in the museum's checkbook on the day it opened. The museum now needs donations to keep it free to visitors.

The museum was the dream of veteran Ralph Barrale, who also played a part in the renaming of Veterans Memorial Parkway along Interstate 70 in St. Charles County and Veterans Memorial Bridge on Route 364.

Barrale died before the museum opened in the spring.

"[We] would like to help keep Ralph’s dream going and growing," the group said on the fundraiser's page. "We are looking for your support to help us raise funds to keep our local veterans’ stories and memories alive. As Ralph used to say, 'No one is really gone as long as we have memories of him.'”

If you'd like to help, click here to donate.

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