Mark your calendar and make time to visit an extraordinary museum coming to Granby, Saturday, October 6. (Rain date Saturday, October 13.)
The Iwo Jima/World War II Traveling Museum is designed to honor American soldiers - specifically from the World War II era – and it is in town for only one day. View an array of pictures, uniforms, and actual sand from Normandy Beach. The museum on wheels serves as a tribute to local men and women who served in all branches of service all over the world. Local Shannon Shattuck American Legion Post 182 provides a motorcycle escort for the museum when it arrives Saturday morning.
Self-guided tours through the museum on wheels are available from 11 am to 2:00 pm. The museum is accessible to those with physical challenges. No registration necessary.
Visitors are also encourages to come inside the library to view the American Legion exhibit in the main display case and chat with members from Shannon Shattuck Post 182.
More about the museum and founders -
An East Hartford couple built a moving tribute to WWII vets. Marianne and Gary Roy spent years collecting memorabilia before buying a 20 foot trailer and decking it out to showcase exhibits from World War II. The trailer is a tribute to local men and women who served in all branches of service all over the world. Gary Roy said, "Every day more and more of the World War II guys are passing away and we want to make sure they know there is something out there to carry on their legacy."
The Roys have been bringing the Iwo Jima/World War II Traveling Museum throughout Connecticut to educate and enrich. "It's our way to keep their memory going," Gary said. "We hope when we go places people come in here and try to learn a little bit."
With and array of pictures, uniforms, and actual sand from Normandy Beach, Roy added that his museum is unquestionably unique. "It's one of a kind," he said.