Transylvania Times: Museum Launches Campaign – Brevard, NC
Museum Launches Campaign – Brevard, NC
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows spoke at last week's fundraising campaign launch. (Times photo by Alex Perri)
Supporters and local leaders – including U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows – packed into the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas last Wednesday to help honor the area's veterans and to raise money for a new location to house the museum's growing collection of military artifacts.
All the speakers praised the museum in the old county administration building beside the courthouse, including Meadows, who called the museum "better than any museum I've ever been in" at helping veterans tell their stories of service.
Another speaker, Lt. Gen. John Brown, introduced D-Day veteran George Sarros and recounted Sarros' military history, including the time he helped rescue hundreds of sailors from a neighboring ship that had been attacked by German submarines and sailing on the LSD 515 in the Battle of Normandy in 1944 where he helped recover casualties of the battle and deliver supplies.
"George was a witness to history, as so many of our wonderful veterans have been," Brown said. "I can't think of a better representative, a better person, to represent that 1.2 million North and South Carolina veterans here tonight as we think about what this museum can be to those veterans, than this wonderful gentleman I'm standing behind."
Those who attended last week's event included: (front row, from left) Will Hines, South Carolina Advisory Board member, Brevard Councilman Mac Morrow, Brevard Councilwoman Maureen Copelof, Brevard College President David Joyce, George Sarros, D-Day veteran, County Commissioner Page Lemel, Harold Wellington, WWII veteran, Emmett Casciato, museum founder and curator, and Lt. Gen. John M. Brown III. In the back row, from left are Jeff Miller, Blue Ridge Honor Flight founder, Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris and U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows. (Times photo by Alex Perri)
Later, after a recorded video message of support form Gov. Roy Cooper played on the museum's television, Meadows continued the evening with a speech about the importance of remembering military veterans, especially the Vietnam-era veterans who didn't see a warm welcome home from fighting overseas like the WWII-era veterans saw as part of "The Greatest Generation."
"When someone serves in our military, it doesn't come with a party affiliation. It doesn't come with an ideological point of view. It comes with fighting for freedom that we all get to enjoy," said Meadows. "If we will continue to raise up and honor the profession and the calling of being in the military, it will serve us for generations to come."
Harris finished out the evening's line-up of speakers with personal anecdotes that kept the crowd laughing and calls to donate to the museum's cause.
Museum Curator Emmett Casciato has high hopes the evening will help kick off a successful campaign to raise the funds for a future permanent house for their artifacts.
"We're only about maybe a first quarter of what we want to do," said Casciato. "The second, third, fourth quarters are still ahead of us. We're not getting any younger either, so we want to make sure we get this so we can enjoy it and pass it on to the next generation."
For more information, call (828) 884-2141 or go to http://www.theveteransmuseum.org.
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