Archive for Thursday, November 9, 2006

Museum opens exhibit on veterans

November 9, 2006

Lansing residents' contributions to the military come alive in the newest exhibit at Lansing Historical Museum.

"A Time to Remember: A Salute to Veterans" opened this week at the museum, 115 E. Kansas Ave.

Laura Phillippi, site supervisor at the museum, said families of about 15 veterans, along with the Combined Arms Center, Combined Arms Research Library Special Collections Department and Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County Historical Society, Leavenworth Public Library and Tonganoxie Historical Society loaned materials for the exhibit, which continues through Feb. 11.

Phillippi said Veterans Day served as one impetus for the exhibit. "Besides, Lansing is a military community. I went to Emporia State University, and Emporia is the home of Veterans Day, and I went to Fort Hays State, which has military roots," she explained.

In addition to the exhibit, the museum will play host to "Canada Remembers: A Tribute to Veterans" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.

At the tribute, Lt. Col. Jennie Carignan a combat engineer with the Canadian forces and a student at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, will share Canada's traditions of honoring veterans, including Remembrance Day, Veterans Week and the symbolism of the red poppy, as memorialized in John McCrea's poem, "In Flanders Fields."

Refreshments will be served after the program.

Both admission to the museum and Carignan's talk are free to the public.

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