An exhibit of military uniforms and artifacts of local veterans opens May 25th at the Myers Inn Museum in honor of longtime Big Walnut Area Historical Society Board of Trustee member, the late Robert A. “Bob” Cheadle.
"Our Military Heroes" features military uniforms from America’s wars and conflicts around the world, along with artifacts and memorabilia, from World War I to the current conflicts in the Middle East. The exhibit, housed on the main floor of the museum, will be displayed from Memorial Day weekend through the Fourth of July, during normal business hours for the museum.
In addition to the exhibit, there will be a continuous showing of the life of Civil War General William S. Rosecrans.
On Sunday, May 27, Polly Horn will present a program on “Men and Women Who Served in World War II” as published in The Sunbury News during the war. The program about local will begin at 2:00 pm in the Myers Inn Meeting Room. There is no fee for the program which last about an hour.
Bob Cheadle was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean War. During his time in the Army Bob became a Master Parachuter, jumping over 50 times. As a trustee of the BWAHS, Bob especially enjoyed joining local 4-H groups and others on tours of the local cemeteries, placing American Flags on the graves of our local veterans.
"We’re pleased to be able honor Bob because of his dedication to helping preserve our local history and his passion for recognizing our local veterans” said Bill Comisford, President of the BWAHS. “Words can’t express how grateful we are for those veterans and family members that have contributed to this exciting exhibit.”
Artifacts to be on display include a World War I helmet and letters from a World War II soldier to loved ones back home, dating from 1942 thru 1945. An excerpt from a letter dated May 8, 1945 stated: “Well (V.E.) day is here at last. If we go to the Pacific we might come through the States and get a leave but the chances are that we will probably go directly there from here. If we don’t go there we will probably be stuck here in France or Germany for a year or so.”
Myers Inn Museum is located at 45 S. Columbus Street in Sunbury. It is open 12 – 3 Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; 10 – 5 Saturdays. Museum will be open 9-3 on Memorial Day, May 28.