Museum expands veterans exhibit
October 31, 2013With the approach of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Valley Center History Museum has enhanced its already popular exhibit of military memorabilia. New to the display are documents, military medals, uniforms, photos, dog tags and citations. All highlight
onetime residents of Valley Center.
Private Alonso Westmoreland is one of 10 Valley Center residents
who fought in the Civil War, but the only one who volunteered for the Confederate Army. All are featured in an expanded veterans and military exhibit at the Valley Center History Museum. Photo courtesy of Valley Center Historical Society
Among the items on exhibit is an original Civil War discharge certificate issued at Appomattox in 1865, plus a photo profile of 10 other local residents who served in the Civil War, including one soldier who volunteered for the Confederate Army.
Among the modern-day related conflicts is material on the Valley Center resident who was the commanding officer of the legendary
aircraft carrier, USS Valley Forge (CV-45). The museum at 29200 Cole Grade Role is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit vchistory.org or call 760-749-2993. The enhanced exhibit will become part of the permanent military display.