2009 — Veterans Day Program — On November 11, the VMM will hold a
special event to honor our military and veterans. We hope to have
our new outdoor pavilion completed by the date of this event. Your
contributions would be greatly appreciated.
April, 2009 — The VMM
has acquired an Aero Commander airplane now being painted and
prepared for display outside the museum. This plane was the smallest
Air Force One ever used— as a transport plane for President
Memorial Museum in Laurel, MS is more than just a new 6,000 square
foot museum with hundreds of military exhibits. It's more than a
tourist attraction or an extensive collection of books, vintage
photographs and historical documents. At its core, it is a Memorial
to American men and women who honorably served their country in
military service, and who continue today to serve and defend our
country in conflicts around the world.
A committed group
of veterans in the southeastern Mississippi town of Laurel gave many
hours of their personal time in designing this museum, raising
funds, overseeing construction and now operating the Veterans
The VMM opening on
Memorial Day, 2005, and was attended by hundreds of veterans,
families, Privates and Generals.
"I am honored beyond
words to be a part of this dedication to patriotism and pride. A
dedication to courage and conviction. A dedication to no confusion
between mission and conviction. A dedication to what the United
States of America is all about. There should never be any confusion
about how we stand about our great country. And there should never
be any ambivalence about how we support our Armed Forces."
Brig. Gen. George
U.S. Army, Retired
May 28, 2005
Sharing the stage
with military and political dignitaries was Congressional Medal of
Honor winner Jack Lucas, who was awarded the nation's highest honor
by President Harry Truman for his heroic actions on Iwo Jima.