By CLINT FOSTER
For anyone who might not know what the big, green Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter on the eastern edge of Mineral Wells is all about, there is now some new signage to let passersby know.
The National Vietnam War Museum received a new sign for the northwest end of its property on Sept. 19. The sign, which was donated and installed by the Arlington-based Intaglio Composites, sits on the side of U.S. Highway 180 to attract more visitors and is easily visible in the eastbound lane of traffic.
Museum Treasurer Jim Messinger said the sign fills a need for the museum that was not previously met.
“We need signage to attract people to the museum and let them know that it’s there,” he said. “We haven’t been doing a very good job of that with our signage. Intaglio is one of those people that understands the
sign business and that’s what they’re helping us out with now.”
Messinger said Intaglio approached the museum looking for needs to fill. It just so happened that one of the museum’s biggest needs was also Intaglio’s area of expertise. Museum Board Director Wayne Sanderson said Intaglio has already made multiple signs on the property and has plans to do more in the near future.
The museum currently offers a visitors center, with historical artifacts, and memorial gardens, including a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Messinger said that besides the one in the nation’s capitol, the museum’s memorial is the most accurate and up-to-date in the U.S. He added that the wall is the museum’s most important aspect right now.
“[The wall] provides a place of healing for people who can’t make it to Washington, D.C., for whatever reason,” he explained.