Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
2013 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ends: September 3, 2013
3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
Fort Leonard Wood is a community of soldiers, civilian volunteers, and veterans alike surrounding one of the most prominent Army posts. The town is home to the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN). The small town is united in patriotism and demonstrates service both overseas and in emergencies on American soil. The people demonstrate sacrifice in their response to natural disasters, having rebuilt their own community after a tornado for example.
Fort Leonard Wood covers more than 62,911 acres of land – 53,995 is used for chemical, engineer, military police, transportation soldiers, airmen, sailors, and international student training.
Visitors can tour the Fort or attend a graduation or welcome home ceremony to witness the support this community shows for the base. You can also visit the Pine Valley Golf Course, Frog Rock, or Mark Twain National Forest. St. Louis is a two-hour drive, while Springfield is about an hour and a half drive from Fort Leonard Wood.
The Road Rally team found locals had overflowing pride in their country and overwhelming support for those serving in the military. Captain and Clark said this is “a town that from the museums to the barracks would escort you through a thorough and deep understanding of what it means to be an American soldier and the honor that comes with it.”
- My husband is currently in AIT at Ft. Leonard Wood. I had the pleasure of spending Easter Sunday with him and some of his fantastic battle buddies. Every where we went the people in that town went above and beyond to recognize not only the men's sacrifice but also the families that are home fighting the battle left beyond. HOOAH!!!
- on May 8, 2012
Best showing of community patriotism is the turnout for
the annual Veterans Day Parade. I am proud to
call it home.
- on May 8, 2012