Mission of the Museum
Our mission is to honor, and perpetuate the memory of the service men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces down through the history of our country during peacetime or war.
The mission of the museum began over a decade ago with the goal of making sure that our veterans "Shall Not Be Forgotten".
The museum began with humble beginnings in 1997 at a storefront and in 2005 we opened our new facility visible from Interstate 5 just off of exit 77.
The museum features a 9,000 square feet main gallery with 85 display cases and hundreds of displays honoring our veterans. The museum features a military history reference library with thousands of volumes. There is also a gift shop and a "USO" where you can come and enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversations with our local veterans. For special occasions the museum also has a modern 3,000 square foot Events Center.
Information on operating hours, admission fees and other features of the museum.
- Upcoming Events For 2014 -
Vietnam Traveling Wall
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Veterans Memorial Museum will host “The American Veterans Traveling Tribute”, commonly referred to as the Vietnam Traveling Wall, from July 31st to August 3rd, 2014. The Traveling Wall that will visit is the largest of the 5 around the country, 360’ long and 80% of the size of the real Wall.
Six special programs will be held while The Wall is at the Veterans Memorial Museum.
Thursday – Laying of the Wreaths: 6:00 PM
Friday: Opening Ceremonies, 6:00 PM, Travis Wofford speaker
LtCol Travis Wofford - Air Force Cross Recipient
Saturday: Vietnam Remembrance Day, 11:00 AM, John Plaster speaker
John Plaster in Vietnam ca 1970 after a POW capture
Saturday: Remembrance Day, 4:00 PM, Special Guest Speaker Bestselling Author J.A. Jance. Music by 133rd Army Band the Brass Patriots.
J.A. Jance - Bestselling Author and telling the stories of our Missing in Action
Sunday: Early Morning Community Church Service, 8:00 AM, Chaplain Stan Baker, speaker
Sunday: Closing Ceremonies, 2:00 PM, Ron Averill, speaker
In order to host The Wall and these events, many volunteers are needed. Committees have already been formed and we are beginning to collect names of those who are willing to help. We are not asking you to sign up for specific shifts at this time, but are asking what job you would like to do so that the appropriate committee chair can contact you when the time draws closer. Jobs to be filled include:
Security (24-hour coverage is required)
Set-up and Break-down (Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon)
Computer searching for names and locations on Wall (Thursday afternoon through Sunday)
Uniformed escorts (to take people from computers to location on Wall)
Museum maintenance (clean-up of site, inside and out, during event)
Pre-event grounds preparation (mowing, weeding, cleaning)
Giving guided tours of the Museum.
Each shift will be 4 hours long but of course volunteers are welcome to come back each day. If you are willing to help in any way, would you please give us your name, phone number, and e-mail address? You may leave it at the Museum, or call Donna Loucks at 360-736-2147 or send her an e-mail at email@example.com.
When The Wall was here in 2007, an estimated 12,000 people visited. Most of those people did not come inside the Museum, but just looked at The Wall. We hope for an equal or larger crowd this time and would like to offer frequent, scheduled tours of the museum gallery. In order to do that, we need more people trained to be tour guides. This is a larger commitment that will require advance training, but tour guides are needed on a regular weekly basis and for special tours. If you enjoy talking to people and telling stories, please consider learning to give tours.
The theme of the program is “To Heal and Honor”. Many veterans returning from war bury emotions deep inside their mind and heart and do not learn how to reconcile with them until 20 to 50 years later. Unfortunately some never are able to come to grips with these emotions. One of the major goals of the Veterans Memorial Museum is to sponsor events such as this to help the HEALING process begin.
All of the museum’s programs are intended to HONOR those who serve or have served our country. The freedom our citizens and our County currently have is a direct result of the millions of American servicemen and women who have served their country in peace and war! Secondly with the Traveling Wall at the museum we will also HONOR those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
They Shall Not Be Forgotten...