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Third annual Veterans Tree of Life

On April 18th at 2:00 pm we will be hosting our third annual Veterans Tree of Life in conjunction with Visiting Nurses Foundation. The Veterans Tree of Life is an ongoing and growing memorial that is meant for family members to be able to remember a loved ones life and service to this nation.
Musuem Members will soon receive a notice in the mail that contains your application for the dog tag of your loved one that will be placed permanently on the Veterans Tree of Life. With your donation we will make a dog tag. These dog tags bear the name, rank, branch of service, and years of service. If you already have your loved ones dog tag on display we encourage you this year to help make a donation so that we can reach our financial goal.
As this is our first fundraiser of the year, we have set a funding goal of raising $5000. A portion of these funds will be used by the Visiting Nurses Foundation Free Medical Equipment Bank. This bank is open to any veterans and residents of Lewis County who need medical equipment and who would normally have a hardship paying for it. In addition, the funds raised will also be used by the Museum to produce this years Desert War Veterans Day, Vietnam Veterans Day, the Korean War Veterans Day and the World War Two Veterans Dinner. As you know these events are done by the Museum every year to help “Heal and Honor” our treasured Veterans. The Visiting Nurses Foundation is there to help heal the medical issues and we are here to help heal the hearts of our veterans.
On April 18th at 2:00 pm we will host the special service where your loved ones name will be read aloud and a candle will be lit in their memory. The veteran you honor can be anyone who you know or are related to you. The veteran does not need to be of a recent era. Last year we had family members honor Revolutionary War and Civil War ancestors. Applications for the Tree of Life Dog Tags can be picked up at the Veterans Memorial Museum or Visiting Nurses Foundation in Centralia (222 South Pearl St, Centralia, WA 98531)

This is a great way to remember our loved ones who have passed on. Please contact the Museum at or call us at 360-740-8875 for more




April 11th First Civil War Event of 2015!

Come visit the Museum on April 11th for an all day event to commemorate the final year of the war - 1865! This event will feature artifacts and demonstrations by living historians. At noon there will be a lecture on the events of 1865 “Petersburg to the Surrender at Appomattox.” During the lecture we will be serving a Subway sandwich lunch consisting of a 6” sandwich, chips and drink. We suggest a donation of $3.00 for the lunch.
In addition to the displays and lecture, there will be artillery demonstrations every hour on the hour. There will also be Civil War musicians and even the chance for you to fire a Civil War sharpshooter’s rifle. Doors open at 10am for this event. The Civil War events are free to the public. Gallery admission is only $4.00 per person for the entire day. You don’t want to miss this event! Contact the Museum for more details.



"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!

Membership Renewals

It’s time to reenlist as a valued member of the Veterans Memorial Museum. At the beginning of November we will be sending out a notice to you in the mail that contains your membership renewal. We certainly hope that you will reenlist with us for another year or five years so that you can continue to enjoy this newsletter, free entrance to the museum gallery and discounts in the gift store.
I can not stress enough how Memberships literally are the financial backbone of the Museum. Without the annual memberships and your donations, we would not be able to operate throughout the year as we do. So don’t forget to keep an eye out in the mail and get your membership renewal in!

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 -

April 11th Civil War Day 10am -3pm

April 18th Veterans Tree of Life 2pm


They Shall Not Be Forgotten...