6-18-2016 10-52-38 AMIt has been said that “imitation is the highest form of flattery.” If that is the case, a few weeks ago the museum was paid one of the highest compliments to date. Our Board of Directors President, his wife Michaela, my son Drew, and I attended the first Veterans’ Appreciation breakfast in Clinton, TN. This breakfast was modeled after our monthly Coffee Call.

One of our regular guests at Coffee Call is veteran Bill Ward. Over the years when his parents’ visits coincided with the Veterans’ Breakfast, he would bring his dad. He was so impressed with the breakfast and the museum, that he wanted one in Clinton, Tennessee, (Anderson County) where he lives. After several years of trying and running into dead ends, he convinced the County Mayor Terry Frank, (head of the county government), and the Veterans Affairs officer Leon Jaquet, to come to Athens and look at our museum. Of course the trip was arranged to coincide with the monthly coffee call. Terry Frank was so impressed that she immediately said that she wanted to do a breakfast in Anderson County. Terry has worked diligently to get this off of the ground. The first breakfast, which was held on May 14th, was a huge success, with approximately 100 attending. Terry and her husband sponsored the first breakfast and sponsors for the next four months are already lined up. The town of Clinton is providing the facility for the breakfast.

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As Terry stated to Bill, “Your dad’s hope of a museum and monthly breakfast for Veterans in Anderson County is off to a good start!” She is doing everything in her power to make a museum a reality. Bill Ward, Sr. grew up in the panhandle of Florida. He entered the Navy at the age of seventeen and celebrated his eighteenth birthday in basic training. He was assigned to the destroyer O’Brien, (DD-415) which left the Atlantic fleet to transfer to the Pacific fleet in November 1941. They arrived at Pearl Harbor on the evening of Dec 6, 1941 (great timing). Besides surviving the Pearl Harbor attack, his ship was involved in the Battle of the Coral Seas, Battle of Midway, and the Battle of the Solomon Seas. During the Solomon Seas battle, they took a torpedo that blew off the bow. They went to Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs, proceeded to Noumea for further repairs, and were cleared to return to the west coast for permanent repairs. The damage suffered in the torpedo attack was more severe than previously thought; it broke in two, and sank off of Samoa. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received during a Japanese air attack. He was on an antiaircraft gun which was hit with several killed and the rest wounded. His rank at time of separation was Boatswain Mate 2nd class (BM2C.)

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Bill Ward, Jr. grew up in Anderson county Tennessee and entered the Air Force Sep 29, 1966 at the age of seventeen, and also celebrated his eighteenth birthday in basic training. During his career, he worked as ground radio repair, aircraft maintenance control, aircraft scheduler, software development for Maintenance Management Information Control System (MMICS), quality control instructor for cargo prep for airlift, hazardous cargo trainer, NATO driver instructor, Forward Air controller, (both airborne and ground), night director of Air Support Operations Center (ASOC), and first sergeant. He traveled to all of 50 states, as well as 105 foreign countries, and retired as a MSgt. Wow!!!

Bill Ward, Sr. told a story that really hit home while we were visiting him in Clinton. Seems there was a very old man building a bridge across a river, a stranger came up to him and asked “Old man, why are you worrying about building that bridge? By the time you finish you will be too old to use it.” The wise old man replied, “Yes, but I hear footsteps behind me!”
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

5-20-2016 11-43-59 AMI have never understood why anyone would say “Happy Memorial Day.” To me, there is nothing at all “happy” about our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Hard to believe the year has gone by, and it is time once again to honor our fallen at our annual Memorial Day “Laying Of The Wreath” ceremony.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Lieutenant General David L. Mann, Commanding General USASMDC/ARSTRAT. LTG David L. Mann assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense in August 2013.

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He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Gettysburg College after graduating from Millersville University in 1981. He has served in a variety of command and staff assignments, both in the continental United States and overseas. Most recently, he served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, KY. Before that he served as the Commanding General, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, a theater-level air and missile defense (AMD) organization responsible for executing global operations in support of the Combatant Commands (COCOMs). Additional command assignments include: Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY., where elements of the battalion deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian; Brigade Commander, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and as the Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Previous staff assignments include: Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, GA.; Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (BSFV/Stinger), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) where he deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of Joint Task Force 160; Operations Research and Systems Analysis Officer, Directorate of Program Analysis and Evaluation, Pentagon; Aide-de-Camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Senior Planner with duty on the Operation Enduring Freedom Current Operations Team, the Joint Staff following the events of 9-11; Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Defense Artillery Center, Fort Bliss, TX.; and as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, KY.
LTG Mann holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge, and the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.

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Our program will be held on Monday, May 30th at 11AM at the Limestone County Event Center. This year in addition to our ceremony, we will be providing lunch to our veterans and an opportunity for each of our service organizations to tell everyone what their organization is all about. We sincerely hope you will join us.
For further information call 256-771-7578.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

4-15-2016 4-06-09 PMI am amazed at the people I meet on a daily basis! Today I met a true “man on a mission.” His mission? To visit every county in the lower forty eight states, and to do it on a motorcycle. Of course, the first question is “Why?” Why would anyone want to take on such an endeavor? His goal is to document at least one veterans’ memorial in each of the 3,509 counties.

When he first got interested in veterans’ monuments in 2003, it was just a way to get out of the house, and since his family has had a man in uniform since the American Revolution, this was a way to honor them. However, as he traveled around he was shocked at the number of people who didn’t even know their town had a veterans’ memorial. Instead, he started asking “Where is the court house?” as this is very likely where the monument would be. “You can’t miss it, there’s a cannon in the yard” he says. “They have lived in this town or this county all of their life; they’ve been by the county courthouse hundreds of times, they have seen that cannon and it’s never clicked why that old cannon is sitting in the yard.” Especially today, when we have a volunteer force and we have only about one percent of our citizens are serving in the military, we really need to be aware of what they’re doing and what we’re asking of them.”

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To date, Wonnacott has visited 17 states, 800 counties and has documented over 1,000 memorials. Although Wonnacott has funded this mission on his VA pension, he says he can’t keep it up. How can you help? Motorcycle maintenance is a big item, one of the biggest costs being tires. Fortunately, he got a windfall from Dunlop Tires, who has committed to provide tires as long as his journey lasts. He said “I must rely upon the assistance of strangers. No, let’s say that I have to look to fellow citizens that want to help me honor our military veterans. Do you have a back yard where I may pitch my tent for the night? Or, maybe, do you have an empty couch to sleep upon? I’m having a four inch embroidered patch made as a thank you to those that pitch in $20 or more. Sew it onto your vest and, if you have the opportunity, ride along with me to a memorial or two. Take pride in the service and sacrifices of our veterans, help me tell the younger generation what was done by those named on so many monuments around the United States. Remember and honor those that served and those that did not return home.”

When he was asked why he didn’t buy a car to make his journey as it would be so much more comfortable than a motorcycle his response really hit home, “There is no discomfort that I endure that we do not ask of our veterans serving today. I have a choice, they don’t.” After his ride is completed he plans on donating his motorcycle to Honda, and perhaps document his travels in a book.

You can follow his journey or make a donation at www.ridearoundarmerica.com.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

3-18-2016 10-16-39 AMMarch is celebrated as National Women’s History Month in thousands of communities and military bases throughout the world. This month is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women’s historic achievements. Meet Yvonne Dempsey. She is one of the most active individuals I have ever met, not only at the museum, but in the Athens community. From spelling bees to Vietnam Veterans, if it has to do with service, she will most likely be there. Here in her own words is why Yvonne gives so much back!

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I was blessed to grow up in Louisiana during the ’50s and 60s. It was a time when we proudly recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each school day, and we learned the words to the National Anthem and other patriotic songs.

As a child, I knew that volunteering was something that everyone did. I remember helping my daddy, a WWII Navy veteran, with Buddy Poppy fundraisers for the VFW. I later joined the VFW Auxiliary because of him.

While raising my boys, I was always room mother and PTO officer. I also was a Cub Scout Den Leader and District Tiger Cub Coordinator,VFW Americanism Chairman and Community Activities Chairman, and Altar Server Coordinator. My boys were some of my best helpers.

In 1995, I decided to go to college. As Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society president at Calhoun, I loved helping fellow students and doing community activities. I continued being active on campus at Athens State and enjoyed being on the Scholar’s Bowl team.

Two of my four sons were in Athens High’s JROTC and went into the military. John served in the Army during the ‘90s and Joshua is currently in his ninth year as a sergeant the Marines.

I taught high school English while taking care of my son Matthew after he got brain cancer during his first semester at college. After his death at 25, I no longer felt like teaching, but I needed to do something. That something was more volunteering…and learning to ride my Harley!

Every Wednesday I volunteer at the Alabama Veterans’ Museum. I love spending time with the veterans and listening to their stories. I’m also there any time help is needed. For the museum’s Threads of Honor fundraiser, I worked with other ladies to sew names on the quilt which now hangs in the museum.

As a member of the Associates of the Vietnam Veterans, I spend every third Monday cooking and serving for the VVA Spaghetti Day fundraiser to raise money for college scholarships for local high school students.

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Participating in military funerals as a member of the Limestone Veterans Burial Detail is a great honor for me. It is another way for me to thank our heroes for their service.
I am secretary for Together We Stand, which is an organization that was formed last year to show support for our police officers and other first responders. We are working on this year’s program to honor firefighters and EMTs.

Besides these organizations and activities, my church is an important part of my life. Currently, I am president of St. Paul Catholic Women, the Catholic Women of N. AL, and the Catholic Women of the Diocese of Birmingham. I also serve as a Eucharistic Minister.

I’m a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who truly believes in using my God-given talents and abilities to help others. I am thankful to be an American, and grateful for the opportunity to do all that I do. God Bless America! As Margaret Thatcher said “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”

Thank you, Yvonne, for all the ways you give of yourself to North Alabama, Limestone County, and Athens, and please accept our deepest appreciation in connection with Women’s History Month.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans!

2-19-2016 10-18-17 AMWe must never forget the horrific dishonor that many of our veteran brothers and sisters faced upon their return from Vietnam. Stories of being snubbed, called names, and even spat upon are unfathomable to a society that today reveres its soldiers returning from war. It wasn’t until the late seventies that something was done to prioritize the issues our Vietnam-era veterans and their families faced.

In 1978, a small group of Vietnam veteran activists went to Washington in search of allies to support the creation of an advocacy organization devoted exclusively to the needs of the Vietnam veterans. Initially known as the Council of Vietnam Veterans, the members felt if they brought attention to the plight of the Vietnam veteran that a grateful nation would take steps to remedy them. Sadly, they failed to win even a single legislative victory.

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Thankfully this group did not give up. They soon came to realize that political strength would be measured in numbers, and numbers translated to membership. By 1979, the Council of Vietnam veterans was transformed into Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), an organization that today is 75,000 members strong, with more than 650 chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Island, Guam and the Philippines. Their founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
Athens Chapter 511 is 188 members strong and is named in honor of PFC Gary Elmore, the first Limestone County soldier to be killed in action in Vietnam in 1965. PFC Elmore served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. He attended Tanner High School.

In addition to upholding the principles of the national organization, Chapter 511 supports the local community in many ways. One of these programs is a scholarship program awarded to local high school students. You can help support this scholarship program by joining them for lunch or dinner. On the third Monday of each month, Chapter 511 and Associates holds an all-you-can-eat spaghetti meal for just $7.00. Lunch is served from 11ma-1pm, and dinner runs from 5pm-7pm. Proceeds go to support the scholarship fund.

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Chapter 511 president, Ron Webster, invites potential new members to come to their meeting and see what they are doing for our community. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, with dinner starting at 6pm and the actual meeting beginning at 7pm. At this time, a lifetime membership is only $100.00, a single year membership is $20.00, and 3 years is $50.00.

Their building is also available for rent. It is a great place for civic organizations, church groups, community events, and craft/trade shows. The Vietnam Veterans building is located at 17915 W. Elm St., Athens, AL 35612. For more information on membership, building rental or general information about the Vietnam Veterans of America, please call 256-431-3213.

I am reminded daily of the need to educate our future generations by a short story I keep in a frame in my office. When my son was in 4th grade, he was given an assignment to write a piece called “My American Hero.” I was surprised and proud when he decided to write about a Vietnam veteran we had recently met. This is his short essay:

“My hero is Terry Lane. He fought in Vietnam. His life was horrible when he came back from ‘Nam. The reason was the news anchor lied and his comrades were hated by Americans because of that news anchor. He is really not messed up, but he can tell a good story, but when he tells about his fallen friend it is sad.”
As they say, out of the mouths of babes…
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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1-22-2016 10-25-52 AMThis will be the second article in a series I will be featuring about our local Veterans’ organizations. I hope to bring to light some of the wonderful programs these organizations offer that many may not know about. I would like to introduce you to the American Veterans (AMVETS). As one of America’s leading veteran’s service organizations with over 250,000 members, AMVETS has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

Our local Post, Mims-Russell Post 21 was established on December 17, 2009 and is currently the only active post in northern Alabama. Post 21 serves Veterans in Limestone County / Tennessee River Valley areas, including the communities of Athens, Decatur, Hartselle, Huntsville, Madison, Moulton, and all surrounding areas. AMVETS Post 21 is dedicated as a memorial to the two fallen Athens Alabama Police Officers killed in the line of duty, Sergeant Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims.

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The mission of AMVETS is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy, and services. One of the most visible programs is the network of trained national service officers (NSOs) accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Funded by the AMVETS National Service Foundation, these dedicated men and women can be found in close to 50 states, providing sound advice and prompt action on compensation claims at no charge to the veteran. In one recent year alone, AMVETS national service officers processed more than 74,000 claims, “In addition to supporting national programs, we have a lot going on,” says Finance Officer, Larry Stark. “We are responsible for hanging up and taking down the flags for the Flags over Athens Program. These flags are flown in Athens on patriotic holidays to honor and remember our Veterans. Flags are still available for purchase. We are also always looking for volunteers to help with this program. Post 21 recognizes our future leaders through the Junior ROTC awards program. Also this year, we will be starting the Americanism essay contest for students in 9th grade, the winner of which will receive a free trip to Valley Forge through the Freedoms Foundation.” Look for more information to come on this program.

With an AMVETS membership, one is entitled to a number of benefits and discounts on everything from insurance to vacation packages. For a detailed list, check the AMVETS website at AMVETS.org.
Commander Mike Hardy invites you to come to a meeting and find out more about this worthwhile organization. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the Post building which is located at 22679 Black Road in Athens. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm.

Please call 256-444-2793 for information about becoming a member or helping out with any of these programs.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

12-18-2015 2-06-06 PMOn behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, I would like to say “Thank You” to our wonderful community for another outstanding year! It is amazing how time just seems to fly by. It’s like it was just yesterday I was writing this column in December, highlighting our upcoming events.

I would like to share a little with everyone about what makes us the #1 tourist attraction in Limestone County.

In 2015, the museum hosted over 10,300 visitors. These visitors included guests from all over the world as well as right here in our own back yard. I am still amazed at the number of people I talk with who say “I didn’t even know this museum existed!” Some say it is the best kept secret in Limestone County. Well I always say…”Don’t keep it a secret, tell everyone you know!” We also provided a meeting place for over 135 get-togethers, conducted 19 guided tours, and logged over 3,000 volunteer hours. As you know, we could not make it without our volunteers!

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In addition to being the biggest fundraising year ever, we continued to hold our annual events. I would like to share just a few.

In March we had our annual “Women’s History Program”, and this year we honored our women Veterans of Desert Storm-Desert Shield. We were happy to have Capt. Rebecca Burney as our guest of honor.
In April, we had the pleasure of having our very own Jason Sanders play at Coffee Call. SFC Sanders is a member of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” We had a great turn out at our annual fish fry, also held in April.

In May, we hosted the annual Memorial Day Program with guest speaker LTG Larry Wyche, Deputy Commanding General of the US AMC and Senior Commander of Redstone Arsenal making a very moving presentation. AMCs Yellahammer Brass quintet provided the music.

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July brought us our 4th annual Sam Gibbons Walking Horse show. Ken Wilson always does an outstanding job getting this event together. We also had Ron Pettus and his wonderful flag display at the museum.

In September we hosted the first Travis Manion Heroes Run. This was not only a first for the museum, but the first one held in Alabama with over 248 runners registering. “Thank You” goes out to Whitney Hollingsworth for organizing this event. Also in September, we held our first “Militaria Show” with over 50 vendors coming out to show and sell their military memorabilia, and over 200 visitors attending.

In November, the “Governor’s Own, 151st Alabama National Guard Band” performed an outstanding concert at the museum, we celebrated Veterans Day, and a job fair workshop was put on by Job Core of Decatur. Also in September, we were provided a unique challenge. Wayne and Sharon Gey offered to match donations received up to $100,000, and we are still working on this!

December brought us the largest single fundraiser the museum has ever had with our unveiling of the “Threads of Honor” quilt. We cannot thank Marlene and Wes Isom enough for honoring the museum. We would also like to thank the ladies who were instrumental in putting the quilt together. The design for this quilt by Chuck and Dianne Craig was based on the original 1919 quilt per Marlene’s request. All of the names were hand written and hand embroidered by the following women: Snow Howard, Skipper Carter Breeding, Joy Bailey Brewer, Lou Ann Green Schrimsher, Sharon Swann Griffis, Yvonne Hebert Dempsey, Gertrude Young, Jean Moore, Heather Currah Miller, Patsy Abernathy, JoAnne Miller, Brenda Miller, Mary Alice Blizzard, Bailey Isom, and Marlene Isom. There are 656 names on the quilt and a total of $40,260 was raised for the museum. Also in December, we received an outstanding donation of vintage military toys for our gift shop, so if you are looking for a last minute gift for the military collector, stop by. We have everything from GI Joes to Abrams Tanks!

Once again, thank you for another outstanding year!!! We could not do it without you!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

11-20-2015 2-36-49 PMAs the Marine Corps celebrates its 240th Anniversary, it is time to remember, reflect, and honor our Corps and the many men and women who have earned the designation of a “United States Marine.” The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor of the Corps. As the only congressionally chartered United States Marine Corps-related veteran’s organization in the United States, its Congressional Charter was approved by the 75th U.S. Congress and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The organization credits its founding in 1923 to legendary Marine Corps Commandant John A. Lejeune.

Anyone with any knowledge of the military will quickly recognize the motto of the United States Marines, its roots go all the way back to 1883. Latin for “always faithful,” Semper Fidelis guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps, and to country, no matter what. Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans, and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

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The Marine Corps League supports various programs to promote and honor the spirit and traditions of the Marines. These programs include but are not limited to Marines Helping Marines – Wounded Marines Program, various youth programs, a scholarship fund program, various legislative programs, Military Order of the Devil Dogs, and Boy Scouts of America.
Perhaps the most widely recognized program is the annual “Toys for Tots” drive. Launched nationally in 1948 by Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and his wife, the goals and objectives of the Marine Toys for Tots program are the same as the overall Toys for Tots Program. “To deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. To also play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources, our children.” In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U. S. Look for Toys for Tots bins all around the Athens community, to include the Alabama Veterans’ Museum!
Skip Ferguson, Commandant of the local Kenny E. Black Detachment #1166 of Athens, would like to invite all Marines to join them for fellowship. Meetings are held at the Alabama Veterans’ Museum on the second Tuesday of each month at 6PM! For more information, please call 256-529-5907.
By Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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10-17-2015 9-31-15 AMThe Alabama Veterans Museum was formed to create, maintain and operate an institution to honor and perpetuate the memories of all men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. We are the number one attraction in Limestone County, and an active member of the community.

Each year the museum hosts school tours, veterans’ group meetings, commemorative events and special programs. The role of our museum is not only to entertain, but to educate. We want to convey the incredible sacrifices and intensity of a world at war. Those who tour our facility learn a valuable history lesson in that our freedom is not free; it was bought by the men and women of this country and others, many of whom paid the supreme sacrifice.

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We have been offered a unique fundraising opportunity. Any donations made to the museum between 1 September, 2015 and 31 December, 2015 will be matched up to $100,000! The following is an excerpt from the letter we received with this generous offer:

”Throughout the years we have listened to your stories and love of the museum and the people you worked with. Sharon and I appreciate your support, participation and hard work you did for our veterans. So in the name of patriotism, we would like to challenge the museum and its members to raise funds between September 2015 through December 31, 2015. I consider Limestone County as my roots and enjoy the chance to give back. Any funds that are collected as donations from the community, we will match up to $100,000 .Whatever the amount is, we would like it made in the names of Vicki Bedingfield and Lerman Gey. We hope this inspires and excites its members and community…Patriotically yours, Wayne and Sharon Gey.”
This money will be used to ensure the museum continues to serve our community. This would be a great time to make your tax deductible contribution. Please contact the museum at 256-771-7578 for any questions you may have concerning this program.

It is coming down to the wire on our “Threads of Honor” quilt fundraiser! We still have a limited number of rays that may be purchased for $25.00. Marlene Isom and her quilters are working diligently to ensure that it is completed for the great unveiling on Veterans Day, November 11th. The unveiling will be held at the museum at 11:30, the public is invited to join us for this special occasion.

Also in honor of Veterans Day, we will be partnering with Canebrake Club HOA for our first Golf Tournament! The tournament will be held at the Canebrake Club on Friday, 6 November, 2015. Foursome Team: $500.00, Foursome + Mulligan Pack: $600.00. Sponsorships available. Contact the museum or Canebrake HOA for more information.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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