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.”

This is great place
Reviewed by djmontgomery01
on September 17, 2012
It's the only town that has a parade for nearly every single patriotic holiday (not just a 4th of July one) and obviously with one of the country's largest military training posts nearby, it's hard not to see patriotism. Many local business use patriotic colors and symbols in their names/advertising, lots of community events support the troops, and just sitting in a diner here with my hubby in uniform always results in a handshake from a total stranger thanking him for his service (and every so often they pay for our meals). And these people are either locals, or tourists passing through (Route 66 nostalgia). This town tends to bring out the patriotism in anyone who visits or lives here.
Reviewed by sharkgideon
on September 17, 2012
Not just an Army base but host to many of the branches of the Armed Forces this installation is very community friendly! It is great and I hope we get on the map as the most patriotic!
Reviewed by ckpendleton
on September 17, 2012
We love Fort Leonard Wood and our Soldiers!!
Reviewed by jelly31
on September 17, 2012
We love Fort Leonard wood.
Reviewed by mpgsab
on September 17, 2012
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