U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum – preserving a history of service

U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum – preserving a history of service

Lou Gathany for AL.com

Sometimes passion can be shared with the world. Many people all over the country have had a passion to preserve, appreciate and collect military hardware used throughout the history of this nation’s freedom.

An ardent group of volunteers led by Randy Withrow have assembled, curated, built and maintained displays that document and house the armaments of war.

At the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum at 2060 Airport Road, located in John Hunt Park, there are helicopters, tanks, rifles, bayonets, knives, helmets, medals, mess kits, uniforms and so much more.

But it is really a place to reflect on the men and women who have served this country in ways most of us can never truly comprehend. When you look at a military motorcycle or Jeep on display you have to remember there was a soldier who drove this vehicle.

When you see a mess kit you have to appreciate that someone took their meals using its implements. The uniforms on display were worn by actual people. Our veterans are represented from The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, the Mexican War, The War of 1812, Worlds Wars 1 & 2, the Korean conflict and engagements of more recent years.

But truly this is not a place to observe the past. It is a place to remember that there are always those who have been called upon to serve and many who have served and are serving to maintain our very existence.

The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is a non-profit, all volunteer entity that was opened on Veterans Day 2001. The Museum will supply 25 vehicles in the Veterans Day Parade on Friday. The museum will host an open house following the parade and it will be a memorable way to observe the day.

The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is located at 2060 Airport Road in John Hunt Park, Huntsville, Alabama. For more information visit their website at http://www.memorialmuseum.org/.

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Published at Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:00:36 +0000