Veterans Memorial Museum strikes patriotic chord

Published: Aug. 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2016 at 5:50 PM CDT
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The Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville has uniforms and other memorabilia tell a historical...
The Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville has uniforms and other memorabilia tell a historical story of the USA.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Veteran's Memorial Museum in Huntsville takes you back in time. Uniforms and other memorabilia tell a historical story of our country and our community.

Milt Aitken, the museum's associate director, is a tour guide.

"This is the Redstone room. This is sponsored by Redstone Arsenal," said Aitken. "And this is Redstone during WWII. In 1942 Major Hudson went off to other ordnance instillations and he came back and he suggested to the ladies in the headquarters that they might want to buy a uniform."

The last uniform of its kind is on display in Huntsville, belonging to a 92-year-old lady who recently visited here.

"...And this is Redstone today. We have the missiles and we have the aviation elements, here," said Aitken.

Long hallways show displays from different wars, uniforms and military branches - even battles.

"We're fortunate to have the Congressional Medal of Honor for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. These are very hard to come by now," said Aitken.

There are also reminders of tough times, right down to the ration books and cardboard pennies, and there are plenty of weapons on display - even a 3/4 scale cannon.

"This is our military academy display. Huntsville being an army town, it's heavy into West Point," added Aitken.

The Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville has something for everyone, including those who love a man in uniform.  Displays of uniforms date from the revolutionary war to present day.

"After World War II, the United States sent a relief train around to send relief supplies to France. In gratitude, the French people sent around to each state a decorated box car with gifts for the people of the state. This is Alabama's box car," Aitken said.

Inside are artifacts paying tribute to soldiers, including a precursor to the Purple Heart, the scroll of honor.

A Normandy display map shows where troops landed.

The oldest jeep in the world is there,  built in 1940 with a serial number of "1."

History seems to come alive once you see the helicopters, tanks and other armored vehicles, including the Bama Bell and Bama Bob.

There's even a B-17 briefing room, built by local aviator, Bill Varner.

This is an area with a lot of pride and patriotism in Bobby's Bama.

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