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Museum ready for grand opening at Missouri's National Veterans Memorial

Museum ready for grand opening at Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial (Source - Mike Mohundro, KFVS).jpg
Museum ready for grand opening at Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial (Source - Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

May 14, 2019 at 4:32 PM CDT

Updated May 14 at 6:31 PM

PERRYVILLE, MO (Heartland News at 9) - The James M. Eddleman Military Museum is ready for viewing at the Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial (MNVM) grand opening this weekend in Perryville, Missouri.

MNVM board members and volunteers stocked the museum with artifacts from various past wars.

Additional plans for museum will be constructed at a later date, however, it is complete for those to view for this upcoming event.

A lot of the museum items are largely responsible from Robert “Red” Clifton, a veteran living in Jackson, Missouri who donated his life-long collection to the museum.

“He enjoyed collecting memorabilia and also had 30 years of service,” MNVM Events Committeewoman Linda Martin said. “We are really happy to be able to have this and share it with everyone else.”

Martin said seeing all the items in the museum gives her a sense of pride and thankfulness for those who fought for our country.

“To me it’s just overwhelming,” Martin explained. “The feel that you get by coming in and seeing everything that we have here. Also, how thankful we should be for having our veterans to protect our country.”

Martin wanted to give a special mention to James M. Eddleman for making this Memorial site a reality.

“I just can’t say more about what the Eddleman’s have done here for the Vietnam Wall,” Martin added. “This was Mr. Eddleman’s dream and his dream is finally coming true.”

Events start at 8 a.m. at the Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial grand opening on Saturday, May 18 in Perryville.

The James M. Eddleman Military Museum is ready for viewing at the Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial (MNVM) grand opening as well.

With the large influx of people, several businesses are lending a helping hand by allowing visitors to park in their parking lots.

Restaurants, hotels and other businesses are preparing and say they will be ready for to help and serve the people.