ST. LOUIS, MO – St. Louis PrideFest 2014 kicked off on Saturday, June 28 with the 11 a.m. wreath laying ceremony on the steps of Soldier’s Memorial at the heart of festival. 


The event was organized and emceed by Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Steve Zeiger. Lisa Miller, Lieutenant Colonel Army Reserves, also spoke. Both are openly gay.


PrideFest St. Louis garnered national attention last year for its efforts in honoring the LGBT military following the celebration’s move downtown.


“The sense of pride and feeling welcome in society is overwhelming,” said Zeiger, who is a board member of Pride St. Louis. “I don’t think I can come up with a word for how I feel. It’s all m mixed with pride and confidence and respect for myself and the services that I served in. It’s just a very good feeling.”


Building on last year’s efforts, the Memorial was lit on all sides from top-to-bottom in rainbow lighting to honor PrideFest and members from all four military branches again took part in the annual Wells Fargo Grand Pride Parade along Market Street on Sunday.


“It’s euphoric, because it’s on the hallowed ground honoring our armed service members alive and dead,” added Zeiger. “All of the history is held here and now we’re adding to that history.”



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