FORT DEFIANCE, Va. (WHSV) — A new attraction for history buffs has opened right here in the Valley. This month, the Augusta Military Academy Museum in Fort Defiance debuted a new World War I exhibit to mark the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the "war to end all wars."
Included in the new exhibit are several artifacts from the war, like uniforms, guns and a gas mask. It also pays tribute to the eight AMA cadets who served in the war and died during the conflict.
It also highlights three local cadets who were each unusual in their own way, who survived the war and thrived thereafter.
Morgan Liddick put together the display, and said he hopes people will walk away with a better understanding of the impact of the major conflict.
"Some appreciation of what the war meant, what the war was like, you get that from some of the personal artifacts there in the exhibit," Liddick said.
The exhibit opened on April 6th, the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in the war. It will be open for at least a year.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, at 1640 Lee Highway (US Route 11), in Fort Defiance, Virginia.