Veterans donate

(L-R) George Furbee, Rodney Ward, Ron Gilbert, Bobby Cordray, and Jerry Lee help contribute to the building of the museum.

Most Americans celebrate two special days in November. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Both holidays are remembered for those who served our country and for the many blessings we as Americans enjoy.

Individuals and four veteran organizations from Georgetown donated funds to the newly proposed Medal of Honor Museum to insure the recipients of our nation’s highest award will always be remembered. These included George Furbee, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444 Commander, Rodney Ward, American Legion Post 114 Commander, Ron Gilbert, Chairman of Georgetown Memorial Wall, Bobby Cordray, American Legion Post 114 Service Officer and Jerry Lee, American Legion Post 114 Adjutant and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444 Chaplain.

There have been 3,507 Medal of Honor recipients and only 71 still living.

“Our charge is to make the new museum matter substantively to our military, to our school children and to the coming generations” said Medal of Honor recipient Major General James E. Livingston. “Most of all, the facility should stand as the beacon of American patriotism.”

“General Livingston was our grand marshal several years ago for our annual Veterans Day Parade and we thought it was our duty to respond with a monetary gift so these special veterans will always be remembered” said Rodney Ward, American Legion Post 114 Commander.

“Our auxiliary works hard with fund raisers and dinners to do what we can to remember our veterans and we’re proud to financially support such a museum” said Vicki DeHan of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 6444.

Bobby Cordray, service officer for American Legion Post 114, felt obligated to make a contribution from him and his wife.

“Several years ago, we completed our Memorial Wall here in Georgetown and we can never do enough to remember the brave men and women who wore the uniform of our country,” said retired Army Colonel Ron Gilbert, chairman of the Georgetown Memorial Wall.

George Furbee, 23 year veteran of the U S Navy and commander of Veterans of Foreign Post 6444 said, “We have less than 1% of our population today serving in the military and it’s up to all of us to recognize and remember those who have kept our country free for us to enjoy.”

The new museum is scheduled to open July 4, 2023 in Mount Pleasant and will be larger than the present museum located on the U S S Yorktown.