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Howitzer artillery exhibit not part of Nov. 13 Vietnam museum program

Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum

The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum is at the Cape May Airport, 529 Forrestral Road, in Rio Grande.

The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum will be the program for the Tuesday, Nov. 13, monthly membership meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township.

The largest item on display at the museum, a M115 8-inch Howitzer, weighing 32,000 pounds, will not be coming to Upper Township for this program. However, program speaker Thomas Collins, owner of the museum and a Vietnam veteran, will bring other, smaller artifacts and his stories as part of the presentation.

RSVPs for Nov. 13 can be registered at UpperTwpHistory.Eventbrite.com. A count is needed for refreshment planning and registration is appreciated. However, walk-ins are always welcome.

The historical society monthly programs are held at the Upper Cape Branch Library, 2050 Tuckahoe Road.

There will be social time and refreshments at 7 pm. followed by a short business meeting, with the program beginning at 7:30 pm.

The museum opened in 2008 and has received a steady flow of Vietnam War memorabilia from veterans and family members of veterans, according to Collins, the founder and president of the nonprofit, 501-C3 museum.

The museum at the Cape May Airport, 529 Forrestral Road, Rio Grande, displays and preserves military equipment, artifacts and donated personal memorabilia from Vietnam War veterans.

A majority of the artifacts have been donated by families outside of Cape May County. Collins said they find his museum during vacation trips to the shore and while visiting the nearby Wildwood Naval Air Station Museum. The Vietnam museum needs volunteers. While Vietnam War veterans are needed, Collins said anyone interested in Vietnam-era military history is welcome to volunteer.

There is no charge for visitors to the museum, however there is a donations box. Donations can also be mailed to Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum 529 Forrestral Road, Rio Grande, NJ 08242.

The museum has a Facebook page. Call Tom Collins at 609-374-2987 for information on museum hours, volunteering, donating or to schedule tours.

The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township operates and manages three historic sites that are open to the public: the Gandy House and Farmstead, ca. 1815; the Tuckahoe Train Station, 1894; and the Friendship School in Palermo, ca. 1830.

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