CHIPLEY - The Washington County Historical Society reminds the public to celebrate the community's rich history of military service by visiting Washington County’s Veterans Memorial, located on the north wall of the Washington County Historical Society’s Museum on Seventh Street in Chipley.
The memorial features brass plaques honoring local veterans of several wars, the insignia of each military branch, flags, and a granite marker.
At present, the memorial has five brass plaques, with the Historical Society expressing grateful acknowledgement to Gulf Power for the World War I plaque, the Chipley Garden Club for the World War II plaque, and Am Vets Post 7 for the Korean War plaque. The Gulf War and Vietnam plaques were purchased with anonymous contributions.
Below the plaques sits a Patriots of America granite marker, honoring those who gave their lives during Vietnam and the Gulf War.
Currently, mannequins accompany the memorial, dressed in historical uniforms from the museum’s military collection. The Historical Society states that, weather permitting, the manikins will remain on display throughout the summer months.
Museum Director Dorothy Odom says the memorial wall and museum displays are definite "don't miss" sights.
“If you haven’t been by the museum and seen our 'World at War Wedding' display, it is worth the trip," Odom said. "The dress is handmade from the groom’s parachute. Recently, we added a bulletin board to our wall in order to post items of interest to our veterans. As we receive contributions, we will continue to expand our site to honor and memorialize our local heroes."
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Washington County Historical Society's veterans wall or displays may stop by the museum between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon on Fridays or call Odom at 850-638-0538.