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MILITARY DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUMVeterans Exhibit at the Museum

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. When the fighting stopped following World War I leaders of several countries signed an Armistice on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. This day was set aside to reflect and remember the sacrifices men and women made during the war to ensure peace. The first official celebration was on November 11, 1919. Veterans who survived the war marched in parades and were hometown heroes. Although Armistice Day was in honor of World War I, Veterans Day honors all military personnel. Separate ceremonies and commemoration events occur every year. For example, veterans and their families gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in support and remembrance of those who died in the Vietnam conflict. It is important on this day to give thanks for times of peace, and to remember who is protecting your rights every day.

To honor all veterans and to promote better understanding of the roll of our service members through the years, the Seymour Community Museum/Learning Center is hosting a display of military items and collectibles. The exhibit will be on display on weekends from 1:00 to 4:00 November 9 through November 24. Items from the Vietnam era are featured thanks to 1970 Seymour graduate Mitch Miller, who has been collecting since his brother sent items home from Vietnam in 1966. “I first got interested in military objects when my dad, a World War II veteran, had things on display in his barber shop in Seymour.” Miller emphasizes that his collection is all authentic with no reproductions.

WWI, WWII, and the Korean War are well-represented and, over a dozen weapons from the Civil War are on exhibit. Bill Collar, who worked with Miller and Janice Eick in setting up the exhibit, is thrilled to have the display at the local museum. “Mitch has been generous in sharing his valuable collection with us. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our nation’s past and gain a greater appreciation for the role of our service members in defending our freedom. We have included local objects that have been donated over the years. It is an excellent exhibition of military items.” Call 833-6064 to arrange a group tour.

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