Veterans Memorial Museum - San Luis Obispo California
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member teeoff2
N 35° 17.332 W 120° 39.180
10S E 713432 N 3907604
Quick Description: Museum is located on the bottom floor of the Veterans Memorial building.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/26/2007 8:55:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM2VQ6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CoinsAndPins
Views: 100

Long Description:
An excellent museum with static displays of Military equipment, uniforms and photographs from World War 1 through Iraq. Docents are on hand to answer any questions.

The following is from the web site:

The museum founding committee (members of the San Luis Obispo Marine Corps League Detachment 680 and American Legion Post 66) had developed a vision of why the museum, its purpose, and near/ long term objectives:

Veterans in the San Luis Obispo region have for many years have been Keepers of the Flame working to remind the public that freedom is not free. From providing a military ceremony for funerals and presenting a flag to the City Hall for the front entry, to teaching Girl Scout troops respect for the American flag, local veteran groups have never ceased being civics mentors.

This museum is the capstone project to unite all the organizations under one roof for the purpose of honoring military service and insuring that past sacrifices made by the US military will not be forgotten. In addition, the museum will educate and prepare coming generations to take leadership roles in all facets of American life, helping to illustrate that if they don¹t know where the country has been, they will have no idea of where to take it in the future.

One of the valuable lessons to come out of the tragedy of 9-11 was that while a global economy brings prosperity to American shores from afar, it also provides avenues for destruction of an unprecedented magnitude. The subsequent surge in patriotism across the US indicated to Central Coast region veterans that the generations expected to lead this Country into a brave new world largely lacks the historical knowledge to do it well.

Military veterans in concert with museum docents will illustrate to patrons that peace is not merely the absence of war and military history is a vital part of a national consensus. The museum will be a repository of patriotism, where the principles of honor, courage and duty are illustrated in memorabilia as lessons of the past are not to be forgotten.

To that end, the museum will be connected with educational and library sites around the region and across the country. Educators will have the opportunity to help students expand their perceptions of the part military preparedness plays in the unique place Americans have established in the last quarter of a millennium as a nation.

Interactive and instructional, the museum presents a variety of hands-on exhibits in addition to illustrations, keepsakes taken in battle, the rigors of defending the country, and the extraordinary heroism that is all too commonplace in American service men and women. The museum is to promote the ideal that service above self is freely given to preserve the nation, and the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution define us as a people. It will also demonstrate that military service is an honorable calling.

Displays are both static and interactive, with the interactive ones designed to provide additional and explanatory information presented in the static. Subjects will cover the development of weapons, history and courtesy of the Nation¹s flag, the evolution of battle tactics through time. For example, a map of the world can have changeable points which will be explained by video tapes of battles which took place at each of the points. In addition, the information could direct the observer to uniforms worn and weapons used at the time, both of which would be displayed in another part of the museum

We intend the museum to be:

An educational experience for students and their teachers

A research facility for anyone studying the military history of the USA

A receptacle for the collection of memorabilia of the area's veterans

A gathering place for the aging veterans of the area where they may have their stories recorded
Opening hours: 10-5, Wednesday through Saturday

Open all year: Yes

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