8-23-2015 12-06-23 PMJames L. (Jim) Watson is a true hometown hero because he continually strives to make Athens a better place to live and always has time to lend a hand when it is needed. Jim spent over 32 years in the caring business, whether it was working in the operating room at Athens Limestone Hospital or at Athens Convalescent home, he was taking care of someone!

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Jim, who was born in Michigan and was raised in Kansas, joined the US Army after finishing high school in 1963 to help support his mother and sister. Uncle Sam was at the recruiter’s office the day he went in to sign up and he said “I Want You!” “No one else said they wanted me, and I wanted to serve my country, so I signed up!” he said. Jim had worked in a veterinarian’s office and wanted to go into the K-9 Corps, but he scored very strong in electronics, so they put him in the Signal Corps instead.

He went to basic training at Ft Leonardwood, then to Ft Gordon for eight more weeks of training and then it was off to Asan, Korea. One of his most memorable times was not getting to call home while in Korea and coming home to his girlfriend Linda (Eubanks). After getting out of the Army in 1966, he worked at Cuttler Hammer and then decided to go to Calhoun College School of Nursing. He spent 18 years in the operating room at Athens Hospital.

He supports all of his local veteran’s organizations. He is a member in good standing of the American Legion Post 49, American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 21, Disabled American Veterans Post 51, Vietnam Veterans of America, (VVA) Post 511, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Jim not only supports these organizations, he is constantly recruiting new members. Jim is also a proud member of the Limestone County Burial Detail, ensuring our fallen veterans receive a proper military funeral.

Jim is a member of the Limestone County Sportsman Club, where he teaches children how to fish, all the while respecting others’ property, and sets up turkey shoots. He teaches children at Cowart Elementary about flag etiquette and how to fold the flag. He also plays Santa Claus at Christmas at the school. Add in being a volunteer at Hospice during the annual Chili Challenge, helping out with Relay for Life, giving blood and working at the senior center, you can see he is a busy man! In spite of all these things, Jim is still able to help out with one of his three grandchildren at the drop of a hat!!

Jim has been a volunteer at the Alabama Veterans’ Museum since the beginning. He gives tours and educates our children on local and military history. He would like to see an elevator installed to the second floor so everyone can enjoy the library. He attends church at the West Hobbs St. Church of Christ, where he volunteers to drive a bus for a monthly seniors and widows outing. Come by the Alabama Veterans’ Museum and let him give you one of the best tours going!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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Who Inspires You?

8-7-2015 2-13-58 PMHonor the fallen while challenging the living and sign up for the 9/11 Heroes Run-Athens, Alabama today at http://www.travismanion.org/. The theme for the race is “If not me, then who…” and is sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation. Use code CB1 So the Alabama Veterans’ Museum and Archives gets the credit. Come support your hometown race in Athens, Alabama. Heroes include veterans, 1st responders, citizens, and military members. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/911-Heroes-Run-Athens-Alabama/1425206924453271?fref=ts
By: Sandra Thompson – Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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If Not Me…Then Who?

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When Whitney Hollingsworth came to the museum to talk about a 5K fundraising run and told me the theme of the run, “If Not Me…Then Who?,” it was like stepping back in time. I was a TSgt and single parent in the Air Force and I had just found out that I was going to be deployed to Saudi Arabia. When I got the orders, my first thoughts were “Why me?” My immediate thoughts after were, “Well why not me?” and, “If not me, then who?” Who would I wish this deployment on? I could not think of one person who I would ask to take my place, even though it meant being away from my son and family for the holidays. After more than six months in the desert, I was one of the lucky ones… I got to come home to my son and future Thanksgivings and Christmases. There are so many that do not.

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Whitney started running in high school to lose weight. She ran occasionally through the years but didn’t start running competitively until 2003. When she turned 40, she decided to run a marathon and her first one was The Rocket City Marathon in 2004. When she crossed the finish line, her words to herself were “Been there, done that, why would I want to do another one?” But it got into her blood, and she has since run 7 marathons, including Boston in 2011, New York in 2013 and Marine Corp in 2014.

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The Marine Corp Expo is where she came across The Travis Manion Foundation. She had read about Travis and Brendon Looney in Runner’s World a few years back. They were Naval Academy roommates and became best friends. Travis was killed in Fallujah in 2007, and Brendon was killed in a helicopter crash in 2010. Although Travis was buried near his home so his mother could go visit his grave, Brendon’s wife Amy said they have to be together. Travis body was moved to Arlington National Cemetery, and they are now buried next to each other in Section 60. She went and visited their graves the day after the marathon, and started following the Foundation’s link when she got home.

7-17-2015 12-52-27 PMIn January, the Travis Manion Foundation starting asking for volunteers to bring a 9/11 Heroes Run to their local community. She was not sure that she wanted to direct a race since she had just stepped down from 10 years of helping direct the Lions Club Rails to Trails 10K. However, she could not pass up what the Foundation was offering. In directing a 9/11 Heroes Run, you could choose a community benefactor. “Helen Carter and I go to church together. She is on The Board of The Veterans’ Museum and I remembered she had mentioned to me that someone else on the board had said they would like to have a Veterans’ Day 5K. I went to her and asked if The Veterans’ Museum would be interested in becoming a Community Benefactor for this Foundation,” and that is how it began!
This race is to honor all the fallen of 9/11 and the wars since. Veterans, First Responders, Citizens and Military, come out and help us honor the fallen while challenging the living.
Our race will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:00am. Race will begin and end at the Alabama Veterans’ Museum, 100 W. Pryor, Athens, AL

Follow the link on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/911-Heroes-Run-Athens-Alabama/1425206924453271?fref=ts or visit the website at http://www.travismanion.org/get-involved/911-heroes-run/
Sign up before the price increase on 31 July 2015. We are still looking for sponsors, volunteers and people to come out and support the race! Contact the museum for more information at 256-771-7578.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

6-18-2015 2-45-21 PMIt seems no one truly knows for certain who designed our nation’s first flag. It is thought to have been New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkinson, a patriot, lawyer, artist, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Of course we have all heard of Betsy Ross, who is credited with sewing the first flag. While reading up on our nations “symbol of freedom” I ran across some interesting facts that are not well known.

• The United States is the only country in the world that has a national Pledge of Allegiance to its flag, a National Anthem that venerates its flag, a national song (John Philip Souza’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever”) that honors its flag, and a highly detailed federal law (the U.S. Flag Code) that sets out proper flag procedures.

• “Old Glory” was a pet name Captain William Driver gave his personal flag. While in Tennessee during the Civil War, Driver hid his flag in between the seams of a bed quilt. He only revealed “Old Glory” when Union soldiers captured Nashville.

• All state and federal flag desecration laws were declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989. (I find this personally shocking!)

In celebration of the coming 4th of July holiday, we are happy to have once again with us a special United States Flag Display, which belongs to local historian Ron Pettus. The display will be here from June 22nd – July 3rd, 2015.

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In order to help his students make a connection to the past, Ron Pettus collected military memorabilia and American Flags. “I had this idea that I can make history a little more interesting by bringing in some items from the period that I was teaching about,” said Pettus. He chronicled the growth of the country through the designs of the flags.

He is most proud of one designed by an 11th grade student named Robert Heft, for a history class project. “He came up with this wild idea that he would create a flag with 50 stars,” said Pettus. “And he did that the night before his project was due, turned it in the next day and the teacher gave him a B-minus on it because he wasn’t impressed at all with it.” Pettus loves to tell how the teacher told Heft he would bump up his grade if Heft got the federal government to adopt his flag.

“To make a long story short, the United States adopted his 50-star design,” said Pettus. “Other people had introduced the same design, but his was turned in first.” Pettus says Heft’s teacher changed his B-minus to an A, and it’s the design of Old Glory we fly to this day. Pettus also has a Civil War flag with 34 stars, another flag with 38 stars and one with 48 stars. On this day, Pettus has a specific message he wants his display to communicate: “We owe so much to veterans that we can’t do enough to celebrate what they’ve done for us.” Mr. Pettus promises some new flags not seen in his previous collection.

In keeping with the Flag theme, Isom’s Orchard has decided that anyone who purchases a spot on the “Threads of Honor” flag quilt between June 27 and July 4 can use their receipt as a $5 coupon of their total purchase at the orchard during those dates. All you have to do is bring in the dated receipt.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

5-15-2015 1-54-55 PMMemorial Day was started in 1868 when the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) started “Decoration Day” as the time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. After WWI, it was expanded to honor all who died in American wars. It wasn’t until 1971 that it was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress.

On Monday, May 25th at 11:00 am at the Limestone County Event Center, the Alabama Veterans’ Museum and Archives will be hosting our annual Memorial Day Program; this program will honor and remember our veterans who have fallen since last Memorial Day. I am pleased to announce that Lt. Gen Larry Wyche, Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Materiel Command, will be our guest speaker. We will also be honored with music provided by the Army Material Commands Yellahammer Brass Quintet.

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Lt. General Larry Wyche assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Materiel Command on April 10, 2015. In this position, LTG Wyche also serves as the Senior Commander of Redstone Arsenal: The Executive Director for Conventional Ammunition; The Executive Director for Explosives Safety; and the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of the Army Depot Maintenance Corporate Board. He previously served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command, (CASCOM) and the Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia.

His previous assignments included serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Operations of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. LTG Wyche also served as the Commanding General of the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command/Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Illinois. This command included more than 15,000 employees and soldiers with depots, arsenals, and ammunition plants in 17 locations. While serving as Brigade Commander, LTG Wyche deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he simultaneously served as Commander of the Joint Logistics Command, Combined Joint Task Force 76, and was responsible for logistical support to Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors in Afghanistan. He has also served in numerous staff positions to include Chief, Initiatives Group, and later as Chief, Focused Logistics in the Force Development Directorate of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Director for Strategy and Integration in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at the Pentagon.

5-15-2015 1-55-25 PMLTG Wyche began his career in the enlisted ranks and achieved the rank of Sergeant while serving as a Calvary Scout Leader. LTG Wyche received his commission as a Quartermaster officer from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi ROTC and graduated in 1983, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration. He later earned Masters’ degrees in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His awards and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Legion of Merit Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He also has earned the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Please join us for this memorable event!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veteran’s Museum

3-20-2015 9-55-31 AMAfter talks between Iraq and Kuwait failed to resolve grievances over oil prices, Iraq’s president Saddam Hussein decided to invade Kuwait. President George Bush and the United Nations Security Council immediately placed an embargo against Iraq, and thus began Operation Desert Shield. The initial conflict to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait began with an aerial and naval bombardment on 17 January 1991, continuing for five weeks. This was followed by a ground assault on 24 February, a decisive victory for the Coalition forces who drove the Iraqi military from Kuwait and advanced into Iraqi territory. The Coalition ceased its advance, and declared a cease-fire 100 hours after the ground campaign began.

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Desert Storm saw the largest deployment of military women in the history of the United States. More than 40,000 women were deployed, 7% from active duty forces and 17% from the Reserve and National Guard. Although American ground troops declared Kuwait liberated just 100 hours after the ground attack was initiated, fifteen American female soldiers were killed and two were imprisoned by Iraqi forces. Rebecca Burney, Capt. ANG, was there!

Rebecca Burney is a wife, mother, grandmother, retired registered nurse and veteran. Rebecca, (known as Becky to her family, friends and coworkers) had a husband, 3 children and successful profession when she received her commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Alabama National Guard in 1984.

Federally activated in 1990 for Desert Storm, Rebecca proudly served in Saudi Arabia in the combat zone with the 109th Evacuation Hospital as a Medical / Surgical Nurse. During her brief active duty, she received: the Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; the National Defense Service Medal; the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars; the Army Service Ribbon; the Kuwait Liberation Medal and a Marksman Badge with Auto Rifle Bar.

3-20-2015 9-56-08 AMSince her service, Rebecca has been a volunteer with numerous local, state and national organizations, but the largest portion of what would be her “leisure time” is spent volunteering with The American Legion to champion veterans’ issues. Financially supporting through the American Legion and assisting to build a Habitat Home for a paralyzed veteran and establishing a Legion Riders Program at her local post are two of her most treasured veteran-related achievements.

It is her love of the military, what it stands for and the appreciation of the sacrifices by the men and women of our armed forces that earned her this recognition as The American Legion’s Veteran of the Year for the state of Alabama in 2010 and recognition from the Alabama Hospital association as a Hospital Hero.

Please join us on Saturday, March 28th at 12:00 as we honor our Desert Shield/Desert Storm female Veterans and meet our honoree Becky Burney. Our special guest speaker will be none other than Athens Now owner, publisher, and celebrated author Ali Turner, a self-proclaimed “ex-hippie chick Vietnam War protester” who spent three years in Iraq. Ali is also the author of A Ballad for Baghdad.
Please contact Sandy at 256-771-7578 for more information.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veteran’s Museum

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2-20-2015 12-37-59 PMAlthough Black Americans have actively participated in every major U.S. conflict, it wasn’t until an executive order by President Harry S. Truman in 1948, that the U.S. military became integrated. As I started doing research for this article, I started thinking about all the battles that African Americans have participated in that we tend to forget. Of course everyone knows the name Crispus Attucks; I must admit it took me way back to a history class years ago that I thought I had forgotten.

Crispus Attucks was the first casualty of the Boston Massacre, and is considered the first “American” casualty in the American Revolutionary War. Not much is known about Crispus Attucks and it’s debated whether he was a free man or an escaped slave, but in the 18th century he became a face for the anti-slavery movement.

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At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, about 20% of the population in the colonies was black; however, all but 25,000 of the almost 500,000 were slaves. This was an important time for both free and enslaved African Americans, as all of a sudden public officials realized they may need them to win the war. While freedom was the principal motivating factor for the African American soldier, there may have been others such as the desire for adventure, the true belief in justice, or a promise of payment.

There was also the James Somersett ruling. Somersett was a runaway slave who was recaptured by his master and was on his way to Jamaica when he decided to sue his master. This led to the abolition of slavery in England, but did not apply to the British colonies. By 1773, the General Court in Boston received the first of three petitions in which slaves pleaded their freedom with the argument that Mansfield’s decision should indeed apply to the colonies where they were “held in a state of Slavery within a free and Christian Country.”

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Another significant battle for African Americans was the Battle of Red Bank. I admit I knew nothing of this battle until it was recently brought to my attention. The Battle of Red Bank saw four hundred Americans defend Fort Mercer, New Jersey, against 1,000-2,000 Hessians resulting in the second most costly defeat for the British forces after the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was an incredible feat of gallantry and determination by Rhode Island “rebels” who doggedly faced the Hessian attackers’ promise that every defender would be put to the sword. Of those men who stood before the onslaught and devastated the Hessian ranks, one in every five was a black freeman or run-away-slave!

How many of the four hundred defenders of Fort Mercer were African Americans? There is no historical account of an exact number. Some sources on the Internet state that the defenders were mainly black, however, the battle was fought four months before the 1st Rhode Island became a segregated black regiment. As many as 80 African Americans, or one in every five, of the fort’s defenders fought shoulder to shoulder with white patriots pummeling the Hessian force to such an extent the British could not rely on these German mercenaries ever again during the revolution.
During Black History Month, let us celebrate the lives of African Americans who were willing to shed their blood for America’s dream of liberty and justice for all clear back to the Revolutionary War.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

Sources:
http://www.harryschenawolf.com/african-americans-and-the-revolutionary-war-victory-at-red-bank/
http://www.myblackhistory.net/Revolutionary_War.htm

2015 At The Vet’s Museum

1-16-2015 10-21-26 AM2015 is shaping up to be another busy year at the Alabama Veterans’ Museum! Below is a “calendar of events” for the upcoming year.

January – The museum will sponsor “Together We Stand,” an idea started by local author Jerry Barksdale. This program will pay tribute to Limestone County law enforcement-rescue- firefighters- guards and all that rush to danger to protect us. “Let’s stand up against lawlessness and thuggery by honoring those who protect us.” Meetings will be held at the museum, more information to come.

February – Black History Month –“A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. Military since colonial times. President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 in July 1948, integrating the U.S. Military services. Look for special displays honoring our Black Veterans.

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March – Women’s History Month – Women have been a part of the war effort since the Revolutionary War, but in the early days of our nation they had to cloak themselves in disguise to serve alongside men. As the weapons and methods of warfare changed in the late 20th century, however, the Pentagon began to realize that gender matters less on the battlefield. Join us as we observe National Women’s History Month and salute the many contributions of American Women to our country. This year we will be honoring our Desert Storm/Gulf War female veterans. If you know of any military female that was serving our county during this time (on or after August, 1990), please contact the museum so that we may honor them. The program is to be held on March 28th.

April – On the 17th, Star Spangled Golf Tournament. Mike Criscillis, one of our valued volunteers will be handling the details of our first golf tournament which will be held at Canebrake Golf Club. On the 24th, we will be having a Fish Fry headed up by board member Bob McAbee. Our fish fry will be held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church on Hwy 72. Tickets will go on sale in March.

May – On the 25th, we will have our Memorial Day Program. Local service organizations will once again come together to perform the “Laying of the Wreath Ceremony.” The program will be held at the Limestone County Event Center beginning at 11:00.

June – Annual Sam Gibbons Walking Horse Show. We are ecstatic that once again Ken Wilson will be managing our annual walking horse show. Date to be determined, look for more information to come.

July – To celebrate the birth of our nation we are happy to have once again with us a special United States Flag Display, which belongs to local historian Ron Pettus. The display will be here from 29 June – July 4th.

November – On Nov 11, Veterans Day, we will have a very special ceremony to unveil our “Threads of Honor” quilt. Threads are still available.
On the wall in our break room is a little sign that I read daily that says “Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” No truer words have ever been spoken. We could not do what we do without them, and we are always looking for a few more good ones. Contact Steve at 256-771-7578 if you are interested in volunteering regularly, or for any of these special events. We also welcome sponsorship of these events. Don’t forget we also have our “Coffee Call” the first Saturday of every month.
These are just a few of the events going on. Please join us, and let’s make 2015 another great year!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

12-19-2014 10-02-07 AMAs another year nears a close, once again I say I cannot believe how quickly time flies… And, as the old saying goes, the older you get the faster it goes! I would like to take this time to say a very heartfelt “Thank You“ to everyone I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with this past year. Words cannot describe how appreciative I am of their support, not only of me but also for the museum and our veterans!

I would also like to say “Thank You,” and explain how very special each and every one of our volunteers is to the museum; we honestly could not do it without you. I would like to introduce you to one of those special volunteers who also happens to be a very special Veteran. Meet MSgt (R) William “Bill” Schueler.
I knew the first time I met Bill that we would become fast friends, and turns out we had a lot more in common than I could imagine. We are both retired from the Air Force, we both retired as Master Sergeants and we had the same job! Although I enlisted eleven years after Bill retired, we were “kindred souls” right off. What impressed me the most about Bill Schueler was the answer he gave me when I asked him why he joined the military. It certainly wasn’t any standard answer I had ever heard.

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“I joined the USAF because of my sense of gratitude and patriotism due to my upbringing. My parents were immigrants who arrived in the USA very early in the 1900’s, coming from the area of Odessa, Russia. They were considered German/Russians due to their families migrating to Russia in the late 1700s to early 1800s from Germany. They settled into various farming colonies set up around Odessa at the invitation of the Russian Czar. The Czar wanted to develop the area around Odessa into farms and invited experienced German farmers to migrate to Russia. They were offered various incentives to migrate. Many German/Russians migrated to the US in the late 1800s due to the Czar not living up to their agreements. My earliest known relative, my great uncle Matthias Schueler, served in the Spanish American War in 1898, and eventually settled in North Dakota, where I grew up. My parents always felt blessed to be able to become citizens of the United States. My older brother who served in WWII was also a great influence on my decision.”

In his over 20-year career in the AF, he was stationed all over the world, including Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines. After the Vietnam War, Bill and his lovely wife Nellie (Sides) decided to settle in Athens. They opened S&S Motors, Inc., and had a long-haul trucking business before retiring. After retiring, Bill became active in various service organizations which include the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Veterans, the American Legion, and of course the Alabama Veterans’ Museum.

He says he feels it is important to preserve military history. “I served with many of these men and women in the military and dealt with them on a daily basis in their businesses. I was very surprised to learn the heroism of these men and women, since most of them never discussed anything more than they served their country and were proud to do so. It is very heartwarming to hear their stories!”
If you would like to hear more of the story, come on down to the Alabama Veterans’ Museum; you will be amazed at what you might learn!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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11-21-2014 2-56-54 PMThere’s a new way to honor and remember the special Veteran in your life!

Threads of Honor, a fundraiser for the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, kicked off on November 11th. Wes and Marlene Isom, owners of Isom’s Orchard are continually finding ways to give back to their community, their “Dinners in the Orchard” have raised thousands of dollars for local causes. When Jerry Barksdale, one of the founding members of the museum and still a dedicated volunteer approached Marlene to ask about perhaps doing a dinner for the museum, she said “Oh, I have a better idea for the Alabama Veterans Museum, one I have been thinking of for quite a while!”

Director Sandy Thompson and other board members met with Marlene and were excited and touched by the idea… hence “Threads of Honor” was named. Veterans names and other military information will be hand stitched by local quilters on quilting squares, these squares will then be put together to form a quilt that will hang in perpetuity in the Alabama Veterans Museum.

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“Threads” are available from $25.00 – $500.00, dependent on the amount of information and where it is positioned on the quilt. Quilting and the military have a long history together; the Civil War marked a season of change in American quilting. In the early 1860s, men took quilts into military service as bedding. The wartime quilt was used to communicate a soldier’s religious beliefs, to smuggle secret messages, and to provide supplies through enemy lines.
“What a wonderful way to not only create an heirloom but to honor our veterans. We are hoping to collect at least 3,000 names, which really isn’t that many in a community with such a large military population,” said Director Thompson. The quilt will be unveiled which gives us about a year to collect the names.
For more information or to purchase a name, contact the museum at 256- 771-7578 or Marlene Isom at 256-497-3786 or 256-232-0808. Go by Isom’s Orchard and purchase a thread and you will receive a free bag of apples!

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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Veterans’ Museum, I would like to thank the entire community for their continued support of our Veterans and of the Museum! This is certainly a community who cherishes their Veterans and we could not do what we do without you!!!
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veteran’s Museum

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