On Oct. 19 at 4 p.m., a celebration and ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Wilson County Veterans Memorial Plaza and Museum. At 4 p.m., music will begin playing, and at 4:30 p.m., the program will begin. We invite you all to attend this monumental event in Wilson County history.
The idea for a veterans’ museum first came about several years ago when Terry Ashe, who was sheriff at the time, challenged Wilson County citizens to build a place suitable to honor our veterans and all they have sacrificed for our country. Two commissions, four architects, one builder and countless sponsorships later, that dream has finally become a stunning reality.
Nearly every department in Wilson County government has played some sort of role in the development of this museum. It has truly been a labor of love.
The Veterans Museum features a variety of exhibits that tell the history of America’s wars and the men and women who fought in those wars. Pictures line the walls and display cases are full of original artifacts, uniforms and military memorabilia. The museum also features a helicopter that doubles as an interactive exhibit. The museum will not only serve as an educational experience, it will also serve as a tribute to all of those that serve our country on a daily basis. Every wall, every artifact, every detail was planned intricately to highlight the sacrifice and service of the men and women of our Armed Forces.
I believe the opening of this museum comes at an appropriate time. As so much violence and hate infiltrates our society, it’s important to stand united despite our differences in background or opinion. This museum is not a testament to politics or to “sides” in an argument, but to freedom, justice, liberty and most of all, heart. I hope you will make plans to attend.
Randall Hutto is mayor of Wilson County.