# 58 Spend Time Honoring Our Veterans

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The Oregon Coast Military Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, opened its doors in Florence on July 4th, 2015, after a seven-year effort by locals to build a museum to honor the more-than 20% of Florence-area residents who are Veterans.  Intended to honor all eras of military heritage and all disciplines of military service, it is a small museum in comparison to other military museums around the country. The 3,000-square foot display space is filled with life-sized dioramas depicting scenes from WWI to Vietnam, plus a scaled diorama of a typical Iraqi village depicting a US military convoy traveling through. In addition to other smaller artifact displays and military artwork, the Museum also displays a ‘half-jeep’ for great ‘photo ops’ enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

While small by museum standards, this facility is jam-packed with artifacts, mementos and experiences all in an effort to serve the Museum’s mission “To Honor our Veterans by Educating Our Public.” In addition to a small gift shop, the Museum also features a small theater showing military films  and a USO Canteen.

The initial membership drive to generate seed money, support and public awareness in the early days of our effort was the ‘Kilroy Corps’. Like the urban legend, ‘Kilroy Was Here’ borne of WWII, these Kilroy Corps members have the distinction of being there before all others and are named on a display in the gift shop.

Situated on Kingwood Street adjacent to the Florence Municipal Airport, the Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday Noon to 4. Admission is just $5.00, Veterans and active military $4.00. Group rates are also available. Be sure to visit this site when you’re traveling the Oregon coast.

For more information, call 541-902-5160 or visit www.oregoncoastmilitarymuseum.com

WHERE:  2145 Kingwood Street – Florence

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