VERONA-- As the area continues to celebrate Veterans Day, there's a brand new military history museum now open. It's called the Stonewall Brigade museum. After 9/11, a lot of the items featured in the museum were no longer accessible to the public due to security reasons, but now people have a chance to look back on this area's military history.
The museum had a soft opening on Saturday, but they plan to have a grand opening on June 6, 2013 to commemorate the local soldiers who played key roles in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
It honors the 116th Regiment, which is made up of soldiers from this area. It traces the Regimen's history to all the way from the pre-Revolutionary War time to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. It also includes sections dedicated to the Civil War, when the Regiment fought for the Confederacy under Stonewall Jackson.
It's located in a retail store that sells military memorabilia. Howard Putnam, who manages the store, said it's a good place to learn about a local history that some might not know about. "This is the kind of stuff that needs to be seen. People just don't realize the amount of real local history that is in this place. All this stuff is from people in this area that was donated either recently or in years past," Putnam said.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free to get in. The address is 566 Lee Highway Verona, Va.