Vets Museum to host opening preview

Staff report

TROY — The Miami Valley Veterans Museum will host a fall opening preview at its new location, at 2245 S. County Road 25-A, on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

MVVM has been updating and cataloging its collection as it moves to a larger location to expand museum artifacts and programming.

An ongoing capital campaign is still open to aid in the museum’s expansion and relocation. Those interested in donating may visit www.thetroyfoundation.org, and donations can be mailed to Miami Valley Veterans Museum c/o The Troy Foundation, 216 W. Franklin St., Troy, Ohio 45373.

A short program will be held in the North Building from 3-4:15 p.m. on Wednesday to celebrate Veterans Day and to mark the completion of the first phase of renovations.

The event will be a “preview phase one” opening and will begin with a coffee and donut reception sponsored by Erwin, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram.

Soloist Betty Tasker will perform the National Anthem, and opening remarks will be offered by MVVM President David Jones, past Third District Commander of the American Legion and current post commander of American Legion Post 184 in Piqua.

Keynote speaker Michael Maloney, VFW Third District, will deliver, “The Changing Nature of Veterans,” and MVVM project manager and Executive Director Karen Purke will provide a museum update.

The event will conclude with a walk-through of the “Showroom Gallery,” with remodel in process.

The phase one portion of the main museum building includes a 5,000-square-foot expanded museum space that focuses on Miami Valley Veterans.

Masks are required for this event and the preview walk-through will allow visitors to maintain social distancing.

The MVVM is a 501(c)3 and serves seven counties, including Miami, Darke, Shelby, Champaign, Clark, Greene, and Montgomery.

For more information on the museum, visit www.miamivalleyveteransmuseum.org.