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Lincoln museum prepares to honor veterans

Photographs needed for display
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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To honor all Lincoln veterans for next year’s 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, known in the United States as Veterans Day, the Lincoln Area Archives Museum is soliciting photographs of current and former service members.

The display is expected to be in place by Nov. 11.

Museum docent Shirley Russell said the plan is to gather veterans’ names, their pictures, their years served and their rank for a Veterans Day centennial display at the museum.

“This is for Lincoln and Lincoln area veterans, of all Armed Forces, who served during World War I to the present,” Russell said. “It includes any veterans who live or lived in Lincoln, Sheridan and parts of Newcastle, within the Western Placer Unified School District boundaries.”

The photographs can be loaned or donated to the Lincoln Area Archives Museum for the display. Loaned pictures will be scanned and returned between Nov. 26 and Dec. 14. Photographs can be dropped off at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, 640 Fifth St.

For more information call 916-645-3800. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

American Legion Post No. 264 Commander Bob Bruce said he was impressed by the museum’s proposed display.

“I think it’s a great project,” Bruce said. “People in Lincoln are very patriotic and supportive of veterans. This is a display that will commemorate the history of the community. That’s great.”

Bruce estimates more than 3,000 veterans are in Lincoln.

The Lincoln Area Archives Museum’s display will help with the local effort to build a veterans’ memorial at McBean Park, according to Bruce. A coalition of local veterans groups is in the process of raising money for the memorial.

“The goal of the coalition is to have the memorial dedicated on Veterans Day, 2019,” Bruce said.