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CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL - BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG

On November 10th at 10:00 am the Veterans Memorial Museum will be hosting our third Civil War event for this year. This event will be held at the Museum and in the Museum’s Events center. This event will focus on lectures, demonstrations and artifacts from the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Historians Rusty Starr and Rob Sande will be giving presentations about the actual battle itself with the North and South perspective. In addition to the lectures there will be other demonstrations about the Cvil War.

This will be a great weekend to come to the museum and remember our veterans for Veterans Day and to learn more about the history and soldiers of the American Civil War, so that this important phase of our nation’s history shall not be forgotten.

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Battle of Fredericksburg - Dec 13th 1862

VETERANS DAY 15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VETERANS MEMORIAL MUSEUM

November 11th, 2012 will mark the 15th year of operations for the Veterans Memorial Museum! What a milestone! What began as a vision from God has now grown and flourished into the ministry of honoring and healing for our veterans and educating the public of our nations men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Its fitting that a World War One veteran gave the seed dollar for the museum back in 1997, as November 11th was of course the day that World War One ended and later became the day that we pause to remember and honor our veterans.

This year will be no different. The museum will be open from 12:00 to 5:00pm on November 11th. We also will be participating in the Veterans Day Parade in Toledo, Washington. The parade starts at 12:00 noon as well. We encourage all of your to come out and show your support for our veterans who have paid for all the freedoms that we enjoy todaynhu

In addition to the regular Museum events on November 11th, Washington author Julie Titione, will read from a Northwest man’s unusual illustrated war memoir in the Musuem Events Center. Julie will read from Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War, which she co-authored with the late Grady Myers. The reading will start at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the reading is free - cake and coffee will be served.
Myers was a professional artist who died in 2011. Titone describes him as a great storyteller. A reviewer for the Vietnam Veterans of America calls Boocoo Dinky Dow “Lucid ... well-told ... beautifully illustrated ... infused with humor.” 
Myers was a Boise teenager in 1968, when, desperate for troops, the U.S. Army overlooked his extreme nearsightedness and transformed him into Hoss, an M-60 machine gunner.
In his memoir, he recounts his military initiation at Fort Lewis, Wash. He describes the intensity of Vietnam, where his explosives-happy comrades in Charlie Company sometimes posed the greatest danger. But, in a dramatic ambush, that same bunch of crazy soldiers risked their lives to save his.
Myers returned from four months in Vietnam with a Purple Heart and spent the rest of his Army career recovering from his wounds. After studying at what is now the Art Institute of Seattle, he went on to a professional art career. His employers included the Idaho Statesman in Boise, the Spokesman-Review in Spokane and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Myers and Titone were newspaper colleagues when they produced the first manuscript of his memoir in the late 1970s. “Grady’s memory was fresh then, but agents and publishers told us people didn’t want to read about Vietnam.”

Titone and Myers eventually married, had a son, divorced yet remained friends. When he became bedridden two years ago, they revived the manuscript to give him a project to work on. This time, they added Myers’ drawings that had become part of the National Veterans Art Museum collection in Chicago.
Titone is a former journalist who works at Washington State University in Pullman. Her writing and photography has appeared in regional, national and international publications; her essays have been published in three college textbooks and two literary collections. Her novel, Deadline Affairs, was recorded by Books in Motion.

Mission of the Museum

Our mission is to honor, and perpetuate the memory of the service men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces down through the history of our country during peacetime or war.

The mission of the museum began over a decade ago with the goal of making sure that our veterans "Shall Not Be Forgotten".

The museum began with humble beginnings in 1997 at a storefront and in 2005 we opened our new facility visible from Interstate 5 just off of exit 77.

The museum features a 9,000 square feet main gallery with 85 display cases and hundreds of displays honoring our veterans. The museum features a military history reference library with thousands of volumes. There is also a gift shop and a "USO" where you can come and enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversations with our local veterans. For special occasions the museum also has a modern 3,000 square foot Events Center.

Information on operating hours, admission fees and other features of the museum.

2012 Calendar of Events

November 10th Civil War Sesquicentennial - Battle of Frederickburg 10:00 am

November 11th Veterans Day / 15th Anniversary of Museum Doors open at 12:00 noon. Parade in Toledo WA at 12:00 noon. Book Reading at 3:30 pm

December 9th World War II Veterans Remembrance Dinner 3:00 pm

They Shall Not Be Forgotten...