News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 17, 2012

RONN MOTT: Salute to the new veterans museum

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — My wife and I attended, this Sunday past, The Veterans Memorial Museum grand opening. For Brian Mundell, this has been a dream for quite a few years. It is a museum full of things a veteran would recognize from WWI and WWII. And there’s even a smattering of things from the German army as well.

Brian, in his collection of these articles and artifacts, has been waiting for awhile to open this museum. It will be open to the public on Saturday afternoons. There have been many contributors who aided in this project that are too many to list here.  But, I’m certain thanks go out to those who have made this a reality.

Mayor Duke Bennett and Brian cut a ribbon to officially open the museum on Veterans Day. Veterans Day was called Armistice Day for many years because it was the day WWI ended. It was a terrible war with machine guns and tanks and deadly gases used against the armies who were participating. It ended better than it began. The guns were silenced on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month.

For such a terrible war, it was a rather poetic ending. Recently, we learned that for the first time since 1918 there will be no WWI veterans celebrating the day they helped bring to fruition. They are all gone … passed away with the blessings of a grateful nation.

I had a chance to meet Brian Mundell and tell him what a nice job he has done.  I also had a chance to chat awhile with the mayor. He told me things are going well in Terre Haute, and I believe him. For the first time in a long time, I do not hear low grumblings of discontent. The public at-large appears to be happy with Mayor Duke Bennett.

At the opening, there were some veterans from Iwo Jima, Merrill’s Marauders, and some other notable units from our armed forces.

The Museum is in the 1100 block of Wabash Avenue on the south side of the street. Again, Brian is to be congratulated on his fine work. If you have had a grandfather, father, or uncle in WWII and you know very little about it and the uniforms worn, this museum should be a must visit for you. So, Brian, those of us who wore the uniform and served, we salute you and your efforts.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.