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Grand opening set for Veterans Museum

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Wilson County Veterans Museum will have its grand opening Thursday at 4 p.m. 

Music will be featured at 4 p.m., and the opening ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Tennessee Adjutant Gen. Terry ‘Max’ Haston and Tennessee Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder are scheduled to participate in the ceremony.

In addition to the Vietnam-era fully restored “Huey” helicopter children and adults alike can enjoy, there will be exhibits from each period in U.S. history. The artifacts in the exhibit belonged to real men and women veterans from the area. Visitors to the museum will be able to select programs to watch on large video monitors over each section. The videos will give an overview of the conflict and explain the artifacts in each case.

In addition to the museum, the complex also houses the Wilson County Veterans Affairs office, the Veterans Plaza and a research library.

“We hope that everyone will visit the museum and enjoy the interactive history it tells of the sacrifice of Wilson County men and women who served in the Armed Forces,” said Wilson County Commissioner Jerry McFarland. “Exhibits in the museum will be rotated several times a year, so be sure and come back to see what’s new. It is our sincere hope that everyone who visits our Veteran’s Plaza and Museum will learn something they didn’t know before they came, see something they have never seen before and feel pride in the service and sacrifice that so many service members in Wilson County have given to our country.”

For more information, contact Wilson County Veterans Affairs director Michael McPherson at 615-444-2460.

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