A memorial garden honoring the Marine Corps is under construction and plans are in place to build a Navy garden with a memorial to soldiers that died on the USS Frank Evans – a destroyer that collided with an Australian aircraft carrier, killing about 75 Americans – as its focal point.
Messinger explained the biggest plan for a main museum building, complete with 11 detailed exhibits about the war, has yet to get underway because of a lack of funding. The museum board is also searching for a volunteer curator who can be in charge of the new museum and make the exhibits as good as possible, he added.
As the longest war in American history, Messinger said the conflict in Vietnam is important to learn about and understand.
“It’s perhaps the most divisive war in our country’s history; shouldn’t we try to understand it?” he asked, rhetorically. “It’s unusual. It’s special.
It’s also the first war that was blamed on the soldier, as far as I can tell. The museum needs to get that story told.”
To donate to the museum and help make sure it is able to tell the story of the war in Vietnam, either visit the website at www.nationalvnwarmuseum.org or send donations to P.O. Box 146, in Mineral Wells.
Messinger said commemorative bricks are available for $100 and museum “founders,” those who donate more than $1,000, will have their names displayed inside the new museum when it is built.
Messinger added the museum is also always looking for more help for their all-volunteer workforce.