MARSHALL - We do right to remember them. But it's also important to learn about the area men and women who served their country, Neal Ingebrigtson said. Ingebrigtson and Lyon County Museum Director Jennifer Andries are hoping to drum up interest in a project which would help make that possible.
"On the main floor of the museum, one of the displays we would like to have is a Veterans Honor Wall," Ingebrigtson said. "We have a concept design put together," he said, but part of the display's development could be up to area residents.
Andries and Ingebrigtson, president of the Lyon County Historical Society, spoke to members of the American Legion Post in Marshall on Wednesday evening to help generate interest in the Veterans Wall project. The wall is about 40 feet long, Ingebrigtson said, and would be part of a changing military exhibit. A full exhibit could help give visitors more in-depth knowledge about area servicepeople than a memorial alone could, he said.
"It's important, especially with what people have been going through," he said. Soldiers' contributions in more recent wars, from the Vietnam War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, shouldn't be forgotten.
Ingebrigtson and Andries said the Veterans Wall could have space for video presentations and possibly a book or other compilations about individual Lyon County veterans.
"We want it to be somewhat of a flexible exhibit," Ingebrigtson said. The combination of the wall and exhibit space at the museum could help bring displays to life. For example, he said, visitors might be able to go from seeing a photo mural to actual artifacts like military uniforms, tools or equipment like those in the photos.
Legion Commander Jeff Gay said he would help spread the word about the memorial wall project and suggested some resources to help with the exhibit. Local veterans may be willing to share their experiences, he said. Ingebrigtson and Andries said they also spoke about the memorial wall on local radio.
While the process of planning the Veterans Wall exhibit continues, Andries and Ingebrigtson are encouraging area veterans and members of the public to help contribute to it. Exhibit items like photographs or military artifacts could also be loaned or donated by members of the public, they said.
Andries encouraged people interested in contributing to or learning more about the Veterans Wall should contact her at 507-537-6580, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.