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.
Desert War Veterans Remembrance Day
On June 29th at 1:00 PM the Veterans Memorial Museum will be hosting its fourth annual event to honor the duty and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform serving to defend our nation. This event is open to the public as we take time to remember our veterans who have served in many of the recent, but all too often forgotten conflicts of the last three decades. Numerous small conflicts have emerged all over the world and our soldiers have been there to strike back and give liberty to the oppressed.
These men and women have given so much - its time to honor them so that they shall not be forgotten.
Invite your friends and neighbors to this event. The 133rd Army National Guard Band will provide musical entertainment, local talents will be singing songs and MSgt Dennis Bowermann will share about his experiences as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For more information please call the Museum at 360-740-8875
Battle of Gettysburg This July!
Come join us for one of Lewis County's most exciting events. The annual Civil War Battle in Chehalis Washington! This years event will focus on the actions at Gettysburg Pennsylvania in 1863. This was the battle that turned the tide of the American Civil War. Thousands of living historians will take to the filed to enact the battle. There will be lectures on the Battle itself, displays and demonstrations of every aspect of life in the 1860's will also be there. Come tour the Confederate and Union Camps and talk to the General Staff officer or head over to the Civilian Encampment to learn about cooking, rope making, and medicine. Vendors will be on hand selling all kinds of items from uniforms, bonnets, jewelry and so much more! Food vendors are also on site – so come join us for lunch! Admission to the event includes all the battlefield activities as well as admission to the Veterans Memorial Museum. Don’t miss this amazing event
Presale tickets are on sale now - call 360-740-8875 or stop by to place your order!
2013 Calendar of Events
June 29 Desert War Era Veterans Day
July 20-21 Civil War Battle
Aug 3 Vietnam Veterans Era Day
Sept 21 Korean War Veteran / POW-MIA Day
Dec 8 Pearl Harbor / WW II Dinner Day
They Shall Not Be Forgotten...