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Branson Veterans Memorial Museum

The world’s largest bronze memorial statue was made by Fred Hoppe for the Branson Veterans Memorial Museum. Each figure in the WWII centerpiece is modeled after an actual combat soldier, one from each of the 50 states. Leading the charge up the beach is Fred's late father, Fred Hoppe, Sr., a highly decorated war hero. Valued at $3 million. Click thumbnail for full-size image.  

Branson, Missouri, honors veterans every day, year round and significant among its many attractions is the Veterans Memorial Museum ( The museum’s visionary, owner, builder, collector and display organizer, Fred Hoppe, has also built an amazing sculpture that is the centerpiece of the exhibits. The collections are very personal while universal and teach much about participants in the wars.

The Armed Forces Military Museum, Largo Florida

“INCREDIBLE! of the most exciting, educating and electrifying military collections I have ever seen.”

The Armed Forces Military Museum is the newest attraction to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, as well as one of the largest military museums in Florida!

The museum serves to "Give the Past a Future" honoring those who served and telling the Story of Our Freedom.

It covers eras from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam with more to come! Over 35,000 feet of tanks, equipment, displays and memorabilia including:


~ Wall of Hero's
~ Memorial Garden Walk
~ Virtual Voyager simulator ride wit h 10 missions
~ Officers Club available for reunions, anniverseries, birthdays !

It's excellent for all ages! So what a great place to have a reunion and enjoy the area's many attractions, beac hes, and sunshine! Don't delay and plan today!
The Armed Forces Military Museum
2050 34th Way N
Largo, FL 33771

Legion of Valor Museum
The Legion of Valor, organized in 1890, is the nation's senior veterans organization. It is an association of persons who have been recognized with the award of one of the nation's two highest honors: The Medal of Honor of the Navy, Army or Air Force; or The Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross.

The Legion of Valor Museum is in the Fresno (CA) Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St, Fresno CA 93721; 209-498-0510. Hours are 10 AM to 3 PM with special viewing by appointment. Admission is free.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 (near Dayton)
(937) 255-3286,

Fun at forts
Seeing military history is easy at Fort Scott and Fort Leavenworth, both in Kansas.
The forts were built to keep peace among Indian tribes and settlers heading west before Kansas was a state. Fort Leavenworth opened in 1827 and Fort Scott in 1842, both were gates to western expansion.

Eventually, there was a need to bury soldiers and cemeteries were established at each fort in 1862. These National Cemeteries offer a solemn and historic experience in American history. However, there are historic tours of nearby towns to lighten the mood. If frontier forts sound interesting, Kansas has eight and many offer living history programs and annual events. Visit;; from Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing

Military history worth visiting
From the frontier forts of our westward expansion to the modern Air Force bases of the Cold War, military museums chronicle our past while honoring the men and women who fought for our freedom.

  • The Civil War Museum, Bardstown, Kentucky, explores the War of the Western States - Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi;
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, the US Air Force Museum 300 aircraft and missiles; 937-255-3286.
  • Great Lakes Museum of Military History, Michigan City, Indiana, spanning military history from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm; 800-726-5912.
  • Rock Island Arsenal Museum, Rock Island, Illinois, the history of many eras since Fort Armstrong helped protect fur traders on the American frontier; 309-782-5021.
  • The National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen at Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit, Michigan, is dedicated to men who fought for democracy while being denied freedoms for which they risked their lives; 313-843-8849.
  • Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, exhibits Civil War to Desert Storm, each branch of the military; 608-264-6086.
  • Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota, "Forts on the Frontier" exhibit describes how Minnesota's early garrisons and forts aided in the settlement of the state; 320-632-7374.
  • The Strategic Air Command Museum, next to Mahoney State Park near Ashland Nebraska, 4000-item permanent collection and interactive children's gallery; 402-944-3100.
  • South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Rapid City, South Dakota, Bus tours of Ellsworth Air Force Base during the summer months allow visitors to tour a Minuteman II missile launch facility; 605-385-5188.
  • Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa, Gold Star Museum items from Iowans who served from the Civil War to the present; 515) 252-4531.
  • The US Disciplinary Barracks and the Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, focuses on the role the Army played in westward expansion; 913-684-5604.
  • The 45th Infantry Division Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, displays works of cartoonist Bill Mauldin whose Up Front series featured two infantrymen's views of WWII; 405-424-5313.
  • As the US expanded across the Kansas plains in the 1800's, a fort was erected each time the frontier was pushed beyond the protective reach of the last citadel.
    Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth remain active. Fort Scott, Kansas, was established in 1842 to protect settlers on the Permanent Indian Frontier; 316-223-0310.
    Fort Larned; 316-285-6911.
    Fort Hayes was home to Lt. Col. George Custer and his 7th US Cavalry, as well as William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Gen Phillip Sheridan, and the 9th and 10th US cavalries, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers; 785-625-6812.

from Home & Away Magazine, AAA Wisconsin

Remembering Vietnam
One of the most controversial and tumultuous times in US history has been honorably recognized with the opening of the nation's first Vietnam Era Educational Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. The center's exhibits include photographs, interactive displays, and personal letters from Vietnam veterans. More space has been allocated for classrooms and research. Located next to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Education Center is an unparalleled learning source and historic treasure house of the Vietnam Era. For more information call 732-335-0033;

Bush Gallery at Admiral Nimitz Historical Center immerses visitors in WWII Era

The George Bush Gallery of the National Museum of the Pacific War at the Admiral Nimitz Museum is located in Fredericksburg, Texas. Exhibits portray American and Japanese battles in the defining War in the Pacific. Designed as a walk through history, memories will be awakened in veterans who fought on isolated beaches hopping across the ocean. A new generation, meanwhile, will learn how wide a swath this war created.
For more information about the Bush Gallery, visit
For the calendar of events, visit


Korean War Service Medals
If you haven't received your Korean War Service Medal, contact Major Kwon, Korean Embassy, 2450 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20008; 202-939-6484.

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