TimesLeader Article: Veterans Museum in Belmont in Need of Upgrades

Veterans museum in Belmont in need of upgrades

BELMONT — The Belmont County Military Veterans Museum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of military veterans, is in need of upgrades and repairs to make it accessible for its patrons.

The building is more than 100 years old, and museum officials say they must repair or replace the front porch and steps, and need a ramp which is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The museum exists to “honor our counties veterans and to educate future generations on the price of freedom,” according to museum advocate Cheryl Skinner.

The building also houses the Belmont American Legion Post 312, and many Legionnaires are in their 80s or 90s and have trouble navigating the ramp that is the current access to the porch and front door. Post 312 was told earlier this year that they would lose their charter because they did not have at least 25 members, but has gained several members since. Membership now stands at 26 Legionnaires.

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A lot of history sits inside the Belmont County Military Veteran’s Museum, a building that’s been around for well over 100 years.

“From Korean War, World War II we have books uniforms a lot of the legion history is in here,” Cheryl Skinner.

Memories and memorabilia can be seen throughout the building. There are, however, a few complications outside are making it nearly impossible for some people to visit.

“A lot of the legion members are elderly and the ramp that we do have is too steep it’s not ADA approved and we need also the new porch to be able to get the new ramp, to go to the side of the building,” said Skinner.

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