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Don't Miss This Year's Desert War Veterans Remembrance Day!

On June 27th at 2:00 pm we will be hosting our fifth annual Desert War Veterans Memorial Day. This is going to be one of the most exciting events and you do not want to miss it. We will be gathering this year to honor our men and women who have served so faithfully in the most recent conflicts of 1973 to present day. These brave men and women have served to defend this nation from the threat of the Soviet Union to Organized Terrorism.

This year we are honored to have Sgt. Joel Dulashanti as our honored guest speaker. Take the time to read about his incredible life here.

In addition to our guest speaker we will have music provided by the Washington National Guard Band and singer/songwriter Danika Macomber will be sharing her music with us including original songs written by her to honor our veterans. Danika is on her way to Nashville Tennessee to start her music career!

We invite all Veterans, their families and friends of the Desert War Era (veterans who served from 1973 - to present day) to this event. The event is free of charge and there will be a time to honor and recognize every veteran and family member of our veterans at the event. Come listen to great music be recognized for your service and the sacrifices and be inspired by this amazing young man!



Sgt Joel Dulashanti

Memorial Day

Come join us at Claquato Cemetery (take exit 77 off I-5, head towards PeEll on Highway 6. Cemetary sign is on the right after 2.3 miles) at 10:30 am to remember our veterans who have passed on and who served this nation with Duty, Honor and Sacrifice. The ceremony lasts for about an hour and then afterwards please come to the Museum for a day of reduced admission.


"The Miracle Museum"
By Lee T. Grimes

as told to Julie McDonald Zander


This incredible story tells how God inspired what led to the creation of the Veterans Memorial Museum. After a Fourth of July Patriotic Program at the Centralia First Church of God, the founder of the museum was visited by the Holy Spirit and given the message
“No, don’t let them forget; go out and get their stories.”
From that spiritual encounter that night, the Veterans Memorial Museum was born. It has flourished under God’s guidance, providing a place of healing for the hearts of hurting veterans, a place where people care. This book relates the many miracles that have unfolded as the museum grew from an idea to the worldwide recognized memorial it is today. – Lee Grimes
(as taken from the rear cover of the book)

The book has finally arrived! Get your copy today! Learn the detailed stories that made this miracle happen. Over one hundred photos!
Limited Edition Color Hardback is $35.00 each
Soft Cover is $15.00 each

Shipping is $5.60 for one book. Call for postal rates for more than two books.

To order your copy – please stop by the Veterans Memorial Museum or send check, money order or cash to

Veterans Memorial Museum
100 SW Veterans Way
Chehalis WA 98532

Payments by Credit Card over the phone are possible as well

Call today for more details!

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 2015 -

Memorial Day at Claquato Cemetery May 25th

Desert War Era Veterans Day June 27th

4th of July Parade in Centralia WA

Civil War Battle July 25th - 26th

Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day August 1


They Shall Not Be Forgotten...