The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum (PVM) will host an event July 26 featuring two new and exciting changes, moving forward goals of recognizing the service and sacrifice of veterans in the region and beyond. Sunday hours will be noon to 5p.m. with a noon ribbon cutting.
The Museum will observe the 56th anniversary of the Korean War’s end with the debut of new exhibits. Kiosks feature interviews with seven local veterans whose experiences are personally engaging and educationally insightful. The video stories reflect the Museum’s approach of educating through firsthand accounts of war. Two additional clips explain the extreme conditions from summer heat and humidity to monsoon and brutally cold winters endured by troops on the move and held captive in prison camps.
The Korean War displays will also include an example of field conditions, memorabilia and explanatory panels detailing the campaign which traversed north and south on the peninsula. The cease-fire July 27, 1953 (a day later than observed due to longitude) ended three-years of battle which took the lives of more than 33,000 Americans.
The Museum will hold a noon ribbon cutting for the new entry on State Street to the right of the historic armory’s classic facade. Beyond the canopied doorway, visitors are welcomed by a stairway of honor. PVM founder Bud Hendrick has conceived and implemented a display of recipients of the Medal of Honor, many associated with the Museum.
The Baker Street entry remains as the handicapped access, but the rest of the Museum will accommodate those needs. Museum hours are Thursday to Sunday noon to 5p.m. Groups are asked to call for reservations or requests for special hours. Entry is free and donations welcome. The Museum is a non-profit which invites sponsors and membership. To read more about the Museum, go to http://www.paveteransmuseum.org/