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Museum exhibit honors veterans
by Jebb Johnston
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Crossroads Museum Director Brandy Steen shows a military uniform that was worn by Leo Norman and a hat, barometer and knife that belonged to Clifford Worsham. The items are included in the new "Honor and Courage" exhibit.
Crossroads Museum Director Brandy Steen shows a military uniform that was worn by Leo Norman and a hat, barometer and knife that belonged to Clifford Worsham. The items are included in the new "Honor and Courage" exhibit.
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The military uniforms hang neatly in a row and the weapons that once accompanied them sit with quiet dignity.

These pieces are at center stage for the Crossroads Museum’s new summer exhibit, “Honor and Courage.” The exhibit opens on Friday and the museum will host an opening reception next Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

A combination of items from the museum archives and items on loan along with photos from the genealogical society make up the exhibit.

“This is an opportunity to honor our World War II veterans,” said Museum Executive Director Brandy Steen. “We were fortunate enough to have a number of items loaned to us by Clifford Worsham’s family. Everything in the center showcase belonged to Mr. Worsham.”

It is the only complete set on display, including items such as a barometer and a small mirror. Worsham was an engineer with the construction battalion of the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Pacific.

The exhibit includes a selection of medals that have been donated to the museum through the years and a number of Hiroshima photos taken by Col. William Sharpe of the X Corps. Dog tags found under the old cargo elevator during the museum renovation will also be shown.

Photos of veterans from the genealogical society’s World War II book and the museum’s holdings will go on the Wall of Honor, and Steen is asking the public to contribute photos as well. The museum will make a copy of the photo for the wall.

Along with the exhibit, audio interviews with about 30 veterans conducted through a grant to the museum will be added to the website (crossroadsmuseum.com) on the same day the exhibit opens. The interviews were recently converted to digital format for the web.

A handful of World War I items will also be exhibited.

“Honor and Courage” will run through Sept. 2.

For more information, contact the museum at 287-3120.
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