Saturday, July 9th 2017 —
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.
Crumbling stairs, a steep wheelchair ramp, and wobbly railing are just a few reasons why these upgrades desperately need made.
“The goal we put down for 10 thousand hopefully that will cover the porch, steps and ramp to the parking lot there,” Skinner said.
The museum was a dream of Floyd Simpson — the past commander of post 312. He passed away last July.
Since then those involved with the legion and museum are doing everything they can to keep his spirit alive.
“I’m hoping for the legion to continue to serve the community,” said Ed Blon, Commander of Post 213.
“A lot of these legionnaires went to war so people can have their freedom and have their way of life today and if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t have the liberty’s that we have today.”
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