Memorial Day Exhibit Honors Servicemen

Though Memorial Day weekend observance has come and gone, an exhibit in Gregg County will honor veterans and their service for another month to come.

Military memorabilia and rare photographs are on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum as part of their Memorial Day exhibit to honor servicemen.

On display until the first week of July, war artifacts and detailed accounts of East Texans in major campaigns in all branches offer a rare glimpse of what life was like for soldiers over the generations.

For those visiting, it's a chance to get to know veterans they had only briefly heard of in years past.

Osie Combs, Jr., a Navy war vet, says, "Behind every face and picture there is a human side, and a story theres an event, that's why the picture so it not only brings to life what their contributions were but it reminds you of your own contributions and what many people have sacrificed and what they've done."

"We owe an obligation to the ones that did not make it back, because we did, we have an obligation to honor them and to preserve their memory," says Joe Crenshaw, who fought in the Korean War.

The Memorial display can be seen at the Gregg County Historical Museum from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and from noon to 4:00 pm Saturdays, through July 5th.

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