HENDERSON, Ky. -- The Depot Community Room’s Military Veterans Exhibit 2017 has now opened to the public.
This year’s exhibit includes World War I artifacts, and a display honoring World War II U.S. Navy pilot Lieutenant Robert J.O. Smith (picture). Following the war, Smith was serving on the USS Midway when his plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in 1954, never to be recovered.
Added to the permanent Kimmel display is a miniature clay statue of Admiral Kimmel which was created by artist Raymond Graf as a sample of the life-size bronze statue that now stands guard over the Henderson riverfront. The miniature statue was donated to the Depot Community Room by the Henderson War Memorial Foundation.
Included in the exhibit, which runs through the end of the year, are videotaped interviews of veterans, uniforms, and service memorabilia provided by veterans and their families.
Following Thanksgiving, the Veterans’ Christmas Tree will be displayed. The decorations will include Henderson County veterans’ photos.
Veterans and their families can submit photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service with your submission. Photos may also be brought into the Depot where they will be scanned, printed, and mounted on a star that will be displayed on the tree.
The Depot Community Room, located at 101 N. Water St., Henderson, Kentucky, is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.