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Welcome to the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives

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Museum Membership Information! Become a member of the Alabama Veterans Museum Foundation. The focus of our museum is to tell the stories of our nations veterans through the eyes of Alabama locals who have served in times of war and peace. View membership levels  For more information contact the Museum with your monetary gift to ensure our children will have a place to remember those who fought for our freedom! Director Sandy Thompson 256.771.7578 email
 
Can you volunteer at the Museum? If you have a few hours per week and would like to help out, please call the museum at 256.771.7578. Pick the days and hours you would like to volunteer.
 
ABOUT THE MUSEUM:
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, located in the old L&N Freight Depot in Athens, was the brainchild of the late Limestone County, Alabama, Veterans Service Officer Kenneth David. After collecting artifacts for an exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1995, Ken still had many artifacts left after the exhibit closed that contributors didn’t retrieve. He wanted a permanent place to display the artifacts to honor the brave men and women from the Civil War to the present who fought and died to keep our land free.
 
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives opened its doors in 2000 with a few primitive displays and much renovation work still to be done. We had our Grand Opening and Dedication service on Nov. 10, 2002. Our guest speaker was Johnny Spann of Winfield, Ala., father of Mike Spann, the first American killed in Afghanistan in the wake of the terrorist attack on America. One week later, Ken David lost his battle with cancer.
 

The museum is divided into three areas: the Tyler Craig Memorial Library; the Bob McAbee Exhibit Hall, and the Wendell Powers Auditorium to commemorate the untold hours of volunteer labor these three museum board members gave, and continue to give, to this building.

We have heard it commented by visitors who have seen military museum throughout the U.S. that the charm of this museum is that it celebrates the accomplishments and sacrifices of the local service person and their family on the home front, rather than extolling the oft-told glory of their commanders.

The Website is dedicated to Ken David and all the volunteers who have made this endeavor possible. We are staffed with volunteers. We welcome any assistance or donations.


Alabama Veterans Museum Newsletter S
 
Driver License Designation Soon to be Available to Veterans - Alabama veterans may have the option beginning May 1 of displaying proof of military service on their driver licenses.  To establish proof of service, a veteran must visit one of the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Driver License examining offices and present a DD-214 form from the U.S. Department
of Defense that shows an “honorable” or “general under honorable conditions” status. For more information or to locate the nearest Driver License examining office, visit the Driver License Division page at
www.dps.alabama.gov   click here
 
March 22nd - The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. -  March is National Women’s History Month; this year’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage & Commitment.” Program will be held at 1:PM at the Alabama Veterans Museum. Guest speaker is Dr. Deborah Barnhart, retired Navy Captain and current CEO/President of the Space and Rocket Center. Honorees are Maria Taylor, Linda Blankenship and Edith Stewart.   see more... .
 
KOREA: The Forgotten War REMEMBERED
A Jackie Greenhaw Fundraising Production for the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives  
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Veterans Museum Coffee Call - Pastor Logan presented Thompson and the Veterans museum with a beautiful painting of "The Prayer at Valley Forge" by Arnold Friberg,  more...
 
The Burial Detail performed the proper flag protocol that is dictated for tattered and torn American Flags, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. On July 3rd the Athens-Limestone County Burial Detail assembled at the Alabama Veterans Museum and held a flag retirement ceremony where members properly disposed of flags brought by the community.  more...
 
The 2nd annual Sam Gibbons memorial Tennessee Walking Horse Show Results

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Each month at the Alabama Veterans Museum we are so glad to see each and everyone of our Veterans. Especially our WWII veterans at Coffee Call. With the greatest generation dying at a rate of 600 per day, Alabama is project to have 3,286 to die in 2013, and nation wide a total of 225,530 by the end of 2013 according to www.nationalww2museum.org/honor/wwii-veterans-statistics.html    more...
 
Honoring Seaman Thomas Belue Box. He passed away with 73 other crewmen on June 3, 1969, when an Australian aircraft carrier named the Melbourne collided into the USS Frank E. Evans slicing it in half.  more...
 
American Flags For Veterans on Memorial Day -  Flags on Veterans' Graves is a project that is echoed across the country in order to recognize those who once served in the US military. Bob Borden, is the local  coordinator more...
 
Limestone County Memorial Day Ceremony Hosted and Sponsored this year by the Alabama Veterans Museum with over 350 guests and speaker Major General Lynn Collyar Commanding General U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command   more...
 
Alabama Veterans Museum receives check from Legislators and guest author Forrest Bruner "Pearl Harbor to Tokyo" more...
 
Public Service of the Year award to Sandy Thompson Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives by Camden Kent.
Business Person of the Year award was presented to Sarah Wallace by Jackie Jackson.
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At the April 6th Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call, one of Athens’ own sons will be attending and performing. SSG Jason Sanders, Trumpeter, with The US Army Band "Pershing's Own" will be performing our ‘National Anthem’ & ‘Taps.’ more...
 
March is Women's History Month at the Alabama Veterans Museum The theme selected for this year's programs is: "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Honoree is Miss Mattye Murray with Mary Scott Hunter Representative to the Alabama Board of Education as the guest speaker. more...
 
Looking for students from Tanner High School who graduated from 1970s-1990s who were taught by Miss Mattye Murray. more...
 
 
French Honors Awarded to WWII Veterans; now they are Knights!  Sir Cal Bonner, Sir Theo Calvin, Sir Jack Hunter and Sir Clifford Wilford   more...
 
Read stories of these Veterans and many others in Jerry Barksdale "When Duty Called" and "Duty" on sale at the Alabama Veterans Museum & Pablos On Market  read more @ www.JerryBarksdale.com & on facebook. email books@jerrybarksdale.com 
 
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives celebrated its 10 year Anniversary on Saturday November 10th, 2012. Representative Dan Williams was the quest speaker more...
 
This year's Grand Marshal was WWII Veteran Dempsey McLemore. McLemore was part of the 82nd Airborne and one of Company A more...
 
Theo Calvin 89 yrs old of Athens, has waited 68 years to have an error made by the Army corrected. General Richard Formica, Commanding General, USASMDC/ARSTRAT was proud to place the long awaited medals on Sgt. Theo Calvin's uniform. more...
 
The Museum's Cookbook 'Veterans Vittles on sale NOW! Price is only $12. available in the Gift Shop of the Museum. Thank you to everyone who submitted to our cookbook.
 
Flags Over Athens - The American Flags will be flying on Highway 31 & Hobbs Street on all the observed Military Holidays. If you would like to have a flag flown in honor or in memory of your Veteran contact the Museum to purchase your flag! more information click here
 
Our library is now open for business, Come by and see the collection we have of books, videos and magazines. We would like to thank Carol Hamilton & Linda Wilson for the dedication of seeing this enormous project thru. The Library is located upstairs.
 

Bill Legg and Sam Gibbons of Athens Alabama.
Bill Legg and Sam Gibbons will be forever missed!

Would you like to honor the men and women who have served our country? Many ask "what they can do"? By helping to preserve their memories here in the Museum you can do more than honor those who served, you can help us teach our children and our neighbors of the price that is paid for our freedom.

We invite you to tour our facility free of charge, (donations are cheerfully accepted) anytime you are in history-rich North Alabama. But until you can plan a trip our way, please take a moment to see a few of our exhibits on this Website.

 

For more information, or to volunteer, call the Museum at 256-771-7578 or email

Hours Monday thru Saturday from 9:00AM - 3:00PM - Scheduled group tours available.

Alabama veterans museum and archives remembering our militry forces on Memorial Day

 


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