Visitors to the Belmont County Military Veterans Museum will now see a brand new tribute to the area’s heroes.
The museum dedicated seven new flag poles on Saturday that are proudly flying the American flag as well as flags to represent the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, the Coast Guard.
One of the flags flying is also the Honor Remember Flag, which is a reminder of all of the lives given to preserve freedom.
The museum says it will soon be adding a flag for the Army National Guard and a POW/MIA flag.
“Our building is dedicated to veterans, all veterans,” said Museum Director Kim Kuthy. “Doesn’t matter what war, what we want to honor them. We want them to know that they will not be forgotten.”
This is jut phase one of the building’s beautification project that was made possible by raising more than $10,000 in grants and community donations.
“It was amazing. Sometimes it was just like a dream,” Kuthy said.
The Belmont County Military Veterans Museum is located in Belmont, Ohio in the American Legion Post 312 and was the idea of the Post’s commander who was also a Korean War Veteran.
“About four years ago Floyd Simpson had a dream to make this into a museum,” explained Kuthy. “He started it. He asked me to help out. He passed away a few months later and we do this for him. This is his honor. This is his legacy.”
Kuthy said the museum has grown tremendously over the last year.
If you’d like to visit the museum, it’s located at 101 East Barrister Street in Belmont.
It’s open Thursday through Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and appointments to view the museum can be made by calling 740-761-0155.
Learn more by visiting bcmvm.org.