"Through the Eyes," a traveling Vietnam War museum, includes more than 25,000 artifacts, weapons and photos from the war.
COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -
A traveling museum about the Vietnam War was part of an annual Veterans Day celebration in Columbia Saturday.
The exhibit called, "Through the Eyes," features artifacts, weapons and photos collected by curator John Hosier, Jr.
Veterans and visitors viewed the exhibit at the Columbia Water Park as part of the third annual, Veterans Picnic and 5-K.
That event also featured live music and activities for kids.
Funds raised at the event will go towards the Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi.
"This being the 50th anniversary of our involvment in Vietnam, we thought it would be a good idea to try to get this museum out here," said Mark Retcho, event organizer. "We've been working on this since December of last year."
"We want to educate our young people and our families and (others) about what Vietnam was and what we did," said Hosier, an Army veteran, who spent 30 months in Vietnam between 1967 and 1972. "The other thing is we want to give a place where vets can come and associate with each other."
The museum has a total of more than 25,000 pieces in the collection. But, only about 5,000 pieces were on exhibit in Columbia Saturday.
It's been touring the country for the last 16 years.