My husband is a history buff. He majored in history, he taught history, he lives and breathes history. He’s one of those people who will be driving down a road, spot a historic marker, and make a U-turn in the middle of the highway to go back and read about whatever skirmish was fought under that very oak tree. I keep a paperback novel tucked under the passenger seat in the truck, just for those moments.
Ted has been pestering me to do a story on the museum at the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park across the river, and today seemed like a good day to drive over and take some photos. Ted insisted on accompanying me, of course, because, after all, it’s all about wars and battlefields and uniforms and medals. There are a bunch of historic markers over there also – I made sure the paperback was still in the truck.
A few weeks ago, I did a story from the park about the Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club. In addition to the museum and the resort, there is also the SAM Shortline Excursion Train, the golf course, a swimming beach, tent and RV camping, fishing, picnicking, nature trails, a model airplane flying field, and boating. Georgia Veterans’ is truly one of Georgia’s finest state parks.
So, this one is for Ted – and anyone else out there who loves history. To be honest, I love it also – especially the parts that deal with the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. If you are close to my age, your father probably served during World War II, younger readers perhaps had dads in the Korean War or Vietnam. My daddy served in North Africa, and my son Jason proudly wears his granddaddy’s dogtags.
Georgia Veterans Memorial Park was established as a memorial to U.S. veterans, and its museum features aircraft, armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals and other items from the Revolutionary through the Gulf Wars. I counted eleven different wars the U.S. has participated in that are portrayed in some manner in the museum. The only one missing is the current War on Terror.
The museum itself is dedicated to the crew of the B-29 Super Fortress on display at the park (more on that later). The crew served aboard that aircraft from June 1, 1945 until July 26, 1945, flying 12 missions and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for their display of skill and courage on June 29, 1945. The crew was part of the 28th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group. The Georgia Medal of Honor hangs in the museum and is dedicated to the memory of all Georgia veterans who served their country with honor and who rest in Arlington National Cemetary and other cemetaries throughout the world.
Here’s a tour through photos and captions:
While we were at the park this afternoon Ted and I learned about the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites program. The Friends Senior Family program offers yearly benefits of two park passes, family entrance into historic sites, discounts in the park retail shops, overnight stay discounts, two free rounds of golf or two free nights of camping, and $10 off per ticket for the SAM Shortline for two adults. Quite the deal!
Even for a “less than history buff” like myself, the afternoon visit to the museum was interesting and informative. I especially liked all the tanks and planes and can remember bringing my own children to see them when they were young. Back then they were actually allowed to hop up on the tanks to have their pictures made.
As we headed out of the Park, Ted spotted this historic marker and swerved across the road to pull up beside it. He jumped out to read, and I pulled my paperback out from under the seat. We were both happy.
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