Remembering the past, honoring those who serve
November 2, 2021
Stepping into the Tri-State Military Veterans Museum in Belmont, Ohio, is like entering a special class on military history. The unique collection of artifacts honors our veterans from the Ohio Valley and beyond.
Founded in 2016 by Floyd Simpson, the museum continues to grow, thanks to donations and grants from individuals and organizations. Today, it displays memorabilia from all branches of the military, including special items from the Civil War through present day. Some of the highlights are a bugle, spent bullets, a cap, newspaper drawings from the Civil War, and displays about the Navajo Code Talkers and Tuskegee Airmen.
Outside, in front of the museum, is the Heroes Wall Honored Forever, which commemorates all who have served and who are currently serving our country, to remember their bravery and sacrifice. It represents anyone who has served the U.S. from the Revolutionary War to the present. The museum accepts $100 donations to add heroes past and present to the wall.
The South Central Power Company Foundation recently awarded the museum a $1,500 grant to help install the bell on the Heroes Wall. In the past, the foundation also awarded a $4,315 grant to help install an ADA-compliant ramp to the main entrance.
“We rely on grants and donations to operate the museum, acquire new display items, and build new exhibits like the Heroes Wall,” says Kim Kuthy, museum director. “We are grateful to all of those who donate to help us achieve our mission to honor our country’s veterans and educate future generations about the price of freedom.”
The museum, located at 101 East Barrister St. in Belmont, Ohio, is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and other days by appointment. For more information, visit their website at www.tristatemvm.org.
From the November 2021 issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.