Military Display open on Memorial Day

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The Sumter County Military Display is currently housed in Suite 2 of the James E. Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center on South Harvin Street. The display houses more than 4,000 individual photos ranging from World War I to Afghanistan, arranged according to the different periods of conflict with the World War II exhibit alone featuring more than 2,000 individual photos.

There are more than 100 uniforms from different eras - World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan - representing each service branch. There are 6,000 items of memorabilia including medals, ration books, model aircraft, magazines, helmets, flags and numerous artifacts that have been donated in honor of our veterans.

The display was constructed to honor all veterans, requiring only that they have served in the military. Service in combat or being a Sumter native will not exclude veterans from entry into the display. All memorabilia donated is considered on loan and will be returned upon request.

The facility is open from 2 until 4 p.m. each Sunday afternoon except for major holidays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon; however, it can be opened upon request for family, church or group tours. Call Sammy Way at (803) 774-1294, 469-7827 or 983-8946 for additional information.

The exhibit will be open Monday May 29, from 2 until 5:30 p.m. in observance of Memorial Day. There is no charge for admission. Veterans or their families are requested to bring a photo so that it can be admitted to the display. No original copies will be kept.

Reach Sumter Item Archivist Sammy Way at waysammy@yahoo.com or (803) 774-1294.