War­time heroes are hon­oured for­ever

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WORK to pre­serve the sto­ries of the district’s war­time heroes is un­der way at the Miles His­tor­i­cal Village War Mu­seum, with a $100,000 up­grade set to be fin­ished by the end of the year.

Vol­un­teers are sift­ing through more than 3000 items in the mu­seum’s cur­rent collection, while con­sul­tants from Time­line Her­itage work to rein­ter­pret the mu­seum’s themes and dis­plays to best tell how war im­pacted ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

The lengthy process has been helped along by Miles res­i­dent and WWII vet­eran Eric Gel­dard who pays reg­u­lar vis­its to the mu­seum to share his per­sonal war time sto­ries with vol­un­teers.

The 92-year-old was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the war mu­seum in the early 1980s.

The rein­ter­pre­ta­tion project, What War Meant To Miles: Heroes, Hard­ships and Heart­felt Sto­ries, will fo­cus on war­time ex­pe­ri­ences in Miles and sur­round­ing dis­tricts, pre­serv­ing the mu­seum’s mil­i­tary collection.

PHOTO: JU­LIA BAKER

SPE­CIAL: His­tory pre­served.

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