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Memorial Day -Museum of the Forgotten Warriors

Friends of the Lincoln Library column
By: By Jane Tahti For The News Messenger
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I hope Lincoln News Messenger readers take it upon themselves to travel just a few miles north of Lincoln toward Marysville. Before reaching Marysville, the traveler turns east on North Beale Road. Eventually, you will come to the simple sign that indicates something extraordinary awaits you if you turn south to 5865 A Road.

Be prepared to be amazed and humbled. Here, at the end of the little road, you will be astonished by the dedication of a group of veterans who have come home from war and dedicated themselves to preserving the memory of those who have stepped forward to defend our country.

These veterans have brought honor to all veterans in their Museum of the Forgotten Warriors.

Yes, it sounds like a museum that might be found in Washington, D.C.

But no.

This incredible museum is located way out in the boonies, just off of North Beale Road near the northern perimeters of Beale Air Force Base.

Nevertheless, this countryside museum could proudly hold its own alongside the Smithsonian Museums that line the mall of our nation’s capital.

This discovery came to me when I drove my 93-year-old cousin out toward Beale Air Force Base in search of the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors. My cousin, Warren, was presenting his memoirs to the museum’s collection. He served as a navigator and bombardier during World War II and flew dozens of missions over Germany.

Warren’s memoirs included hair-raising tales of navigating his B-17 bomber through thick bursts of anti-aircraft fire. He participated in more than 20 bombing missions, each of which consisted of 1,500 - yes, 1,500! - bombers flying together in coordinated bombing raids.

Week after week, 1,500 bombers together!

Rising off the airfields of England, crossing the English Channel together, crossing France and dropping tens of thousands of bombs on Germany.

It’s warfare on a scale that is almost impossible to imagine.

As my cousin presented his memoirs to the veteran staff at the museum, Warren was welcomed and treated with great respect. We were guided through room after room of military displays, collections and donations from veterans and their families.

The wide-ranging displays are presented in glass-fronted cabinets and are documented with meticulous care and honor. The museum welcomes photographs and letters, military uniforms and insignia, flags and weaponry, military gear and personal artifacts, resulting in a truly incredible collection presented with the highest professional standards.

Here, in the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors, warriors are not forgotten.

And the museum itself is unforgettable.

Note: The museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call Dann Spear at (530) 742 3090 and Don Schrader at (530) 682 0674.

At the Twelve Bridges Library

Free Family Story Time:  3:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Includes stories and songs for all ages.

Free Mother Goose on the Loose: 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Thursdays for kids.

Events are sponsored by Friends of the Lincoln Library.  Wheelchairs and handicapped access are available. The Twelve Bridges Library is at 485 Twelve Bridges Drive in Lincoln.

This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. To reach the nonprofit Friends, write to Box 1177, Lincoln CA 95648, contact 434-2404 or friendsofthelincolncalibrary.org. Jane Tahti is the Friends of the Lincoln Library secretary.