Union Parish Museum Celebrates Vets with Artifacts and Oral Histories
Those who answer the call to serve our country are worth remembering.
On Thursday, June 9 at 5 p.m., Union Parish Museum of History and Art hosts a presentation recognizing local veterans' connection to the past and paying tribute to their service.
Historian Guy Miller's presentation focuses on the history of the squadron of P-40 fighters, the "Flying Tigers" led by Monroe native General Claire Chennault. The fighters played a pivotal role in the Pacific campaign. The talk works in conjunction with extensive military exhibit currently on display at the museum.
Museum representative Jean Jones explains that the collection includes many items of interest to the public, "That includes of course medals, but also ordinary memorabilia that veterans and veterans families have actually brought in to lend for this exhibit."
Military veterans can record experiences in their own words for archiving at the Library of Congress.
Local residents have offered hundreds of artifacts to fill the exhibit, which opened just before Memorial Day and remains on display until August 3. One of the features of the exhibit is a chance for military veterans to record their experiences in their own words for archiving at the Library of Congress.
Veterans are invited to come in to the museum, located at 116 North Main Street in Farmerville, and create a record of their invaluable memories so future generations can also remember their service.
"We've had a good response from veterans wanting to come in and record their stories. We will give a copy of that recording to the veteran and his or her family, and one copy goes to the Library of Congress to be permanently stored in our nation's capitol," explains Jones.
For more information about the upcoming presentation, the military exhibit, or the Union Parish Museum of History and Art, visit its website.