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Museum to close after Veterans Day Unless new organization takes over management!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Seattle Veterans Museum (SVM) will be open Friday through Monday, Nov 9 - 12, from 10 a.m. to 5  p.m. for the Veterans Day weekend. All are invited to stop by and visit this museum to honor service members and celebrate our freedom.

The Seattle Veterans Museum is an all-volunteer non-profit corporation established to honor military veterans and teach Americans about the tremendous price  veterans have paid for our freedom. SVM is located on 2nd Ave. between Union and University streets (west side of Benaroya Hall) in downtown Seattle behind the Remembrance Garden.

Please visit www.seattleveteransmuseum.org for more information.

“SVM has always been a “grass roots” organization that has carried on and grown thanks to the hard work and dedication of  our volunteers,” said Todd Crooks, president of the Seattle Veterans Museum..

“There is no museum like SVM in the Seattle/King County/ Snohomish County area that is focused to veterans specifically,” Crooks continued.

“The staff and supporters of SVM feel the depth of the sacrifices of veterans deserves a special place dedicated to them — a place that displays, teaches, interprets and honors in many different ways, the debt we owe to all army, navy, air force, marine, coast guard, national guard and merchant marine veterans. Our veterans DESERVE this museum, and our children NEED this educational resource to properly emphasize the sacrifices that have been made, the benefits we have all received, and the debt we all owe to our veterans.

“Our Band of Volunteers has forged ahead for over 10 years now and has taken this museum as far as we can. Our all-volunteer group has developed our museum over the years, but progress is slow with only a volunteer staff. Sometimes we have to struggle to make sure the museum is open on a Saturday when no volunteers have signed up to work.  We began as a group of friends that wanted to fill a void in the Puget Sound by establishing a museum where families can go to see, hear and learn about the amazing history our country has in its veterans.

“We hope you agree our veterans deserve all the recognition and appreciation we can offer them.

“We are looking for state, county, city and organizations to become major partners in our effort.

“SVM is now at the point where we are out of money, and the individuals that manage the museum and the fundraising, just do not have the time anymore and need someone to take over.

“We are asking organizations, governments and individuals of the greater Seattle/King County/Snohomish Co.  community to help us take the museum to the next level.”

For more information, call Todd Crooks at (425) 949-8821.

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