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Veterans Museum Celebrates Grand Opening

WATERLOO (KWWL) - All Veterans were honored and remembered Saturday with the grand opening of the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

The museum is about the stories behind our conflicts.

"There was nobody around home anymore. All my friends had gone. I went home and told my folks I think I'll join the service," said Marcia M. Courbat. She was a medical technician serving in Clinton, Iowa during World War II.

"On January 1, 1945 we boarded ship and traveled to February 19 to do the invasion of Iwo Jima," said World War II radio man David Greene.

"The draft was coming and I knew I was going to get drafted so I decided to sign up and do something I might like, so I decided to get in the medical corps," said Vietnam War Veteran Patrick Tovar.

You can hear these Veterans' stories and almost 600 more at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo.

A parade kicked off the museum's grand opening celebration Saturday. From the Navy Band Great Lakes. to the USS Sullivan Association, to the Boy Scouts... American flags flew proudly in the wind.

After the parade, a dedication ceremony was held. The ceremony included members of the Sullivan family, with special remarks by Real Admiral Lee J. Metcalf.

Young and old, service members and civilians, all came together to honor our heroes.

"We all enjoy incredible amounts of freedom and prosperity in this country even in these hard times, and sometimes I think it gets lost to us why we have all of this. I think a place like this Veterans Museum of Iowa is a wonderful place to remember people gave their lives," said Billie Bailey with The Grout Museum. 

Veterans said it's a museum to be proud of, and they're honored to be part of it.

"I think this is just fantastic. It's talking about people. It's the Veterans," said Greene.

"They've done justice to the Veterans of Iowa," said Tovar.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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