Veterans museum gets grand opening

Xavier Smith • Oct 19, 2017 at 7:48 PM

The Wilson County Veterans Plaza is officially complete after the Wilson County Veterans Museum received a grand opening Thursday.

“We hope that you go about your daily lives and you will look over at this memorial when you drive by and just for a moment, think about these veterans and what they did for our country and their sacrifices, as well,” Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said.

The museum features a Vietnam-era fully restored “Huey” helicopter, as well as exhibits from each period in U.S. history. The artifacts in the exhibit belonged to Wilson County veterans.

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.

The complex also houses the Wilson County Veterans Affairs office, the Wilson County Veterans Plaza and a research library.

“This is an outstanding landmark in our county and visibly symbolized our unwavering commitment to the principles of selfless, courageous and patriotic service to our country,” retired Lt. Gen. John Pickler said. “If the future – as I did yesterday – bring your family to the plaza and help them to know our veterans’ sacrifices and services are appropriately recognized here in Lebanon.”

Exhibits in the museum will rotate several times a year.

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

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