When visiting Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a trip to the Air Force Armament Museum, located at 100 Museum Drive on Eglin Air Force Base, is a must!
I was in awe as I walked amongst the armament that has protected our freedom throughout the history of our nation.
The Air Force Armament Museum is a one of a kind museum that houses artifacts, from weapons to munitions, that have served us proudly.
From the propellers to wingtips, to a diary log and silverware used long ago, each display is artfully and reverently maintained.
I was especially struck by the wall dedicated to the Operations in the Middle East.
As I stood there, I was neither a Democrat nor a Republican… I was simply an American, grateful for the sacrifice made by my peers in effort to keep me and my family safe and free. Each of these Operations took place in MY lifetime. Sobering, indeed.
I thought it extremely fitting to visit the Armament Museum during Veterans’ Week. As Americans we commemorate the sacrifices made by brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and friends alike during Veterans Week, and more specifically on Veterans Day (November 11th). As I toured the Armament Museum, I couldn’t help but think of my three favorite soldiers—Grant Shimchick (served in Afghanistan), Joseph F. Shimchick (served in Vietnam), and Richard Higgins (served stateside and in Panama for maneuvers). Thanks guys. Your service and sacrifice are deeply appreciated!
So, this Veteran’s Day, what Vet will you take time to thank?
To see how our neighbors to the north commemorate their Veterans’ Week, why not check out Nolie’s Place for coverage on Canada’s Veterans’ Week.