Sumter Military Display continues to grow

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The Sumter County Military Display has reached a significant benchmark - it has begun its 12th year. This tribute to Sumter's veterans began as a classroom project at Sumter High School and has expanded to become one of the largest military displays in the area.

The largest exhibit contained in the display comprises the individual photos veterans have donated to the collection. Because of the overwhelming number of contributions made to the wall of honor, the amount of wall space available to display these photos has been exhausted. This welcome situation has required us to construct temporary display boards to accommodate recently donated photos. We are continuing to welcome and solicit photos of all veterans with the only criterion being that they have served in our nation's armed forces.

The display continues to grow in its second decade of operation, due to many contributions of military uniforms and memorabilia by citizens. The display is not a 501c3 nonprofit and does not solicit monetary donations. There is no admission charge to view the display, and the facility continues to open each Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.

School, church, military and the public at large are encouraged to visit the display. Special tours can be arranged by calling Sammy Way at (803) 983-8946. The display is located on the first floor of the Clyburn Intermodal Transportation building, 129 South Harvin St., Suite #2.

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