November 12, 2005
Veteran’s Day observers had a chance to honor hometown heroes Saturday through a more hands-on experience. News 12 explains how visitors and veterans learned from one another by telling stories too often kept silent.
Margaret McGowan came to the Veteran’s Day exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History hoping to learn more about her husband’s days of war.
“He never really talked about it,” McGowan said.
A common sentiment from family members of military veterans.
“I’ve had sons and daughters with them come up to me and say dad has never said that, he’s never about it like this to us,” said Jeff Mosser, war collector.
One reason why local American history buffs like Jeff Mosser enjoy displaying their wartime collections for the public.
“A lot of vets will come in and see something they’ll make a connection with,” Mosser said.
He says veterans who see their collections of old military uniforms, weapons and other personal belongings gives vets and their family members a chance to bring back old memories.
While Jeff says he gets to learn about history, straight from the horse’s mouth.
“Not just me lecturing people of what I know but real vets telling me what they know because they were there, not me,” Mosser said.
Loved ones like Margaret…
“I know they were WWII Private stripes and three stripes,” Margaret said.
…Learn more about the sacrifices her husband and other war veterans made for America’s freedom.