This year begins a three-year celebration of the upcoming Alabama Bicentennial in 2019. For three years, we will celebrate Alabama Places (2017), Alabama People (2018), and Alabama Stories (2019). To help celebrate, Dr. John Kvach (History Professor at UAH) has written several blog posts about several different locations on our North Alabama Geocaching Passport. The passport can be found at http://www.northalabama.org/content/uploads/general_content/2015AMLAGeocachingPassport.pdf. Happy reading and hunting for those geocaches!
Alabama Veterans Museum - Athens
When we think of military history in North Alabama we tend to think of warring armies fighting during the Creek War or Civil War. But don’t forget that when we say our military heritage that includes those who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The Alabama Veterans Museum has dedicated itself to reminding you of this past.
The definition of history is change over time. At the Museum you can track how our military has changed over time by looking at the uniforms, weapons, tactics, and other memorabilia from every war dating back to the American Revolution. From the kepi to the helmet or the single shot muzzleloader to the machine gun you can see how technology had changed the battlefield.
Located in the old Louisville & Nashville Railroad Freight Depot in Athens, the Veterans Museum also houses written records, photographs, books, and oral histories that tell the story of those who fought for this nation. While you are looking for your geocache make sure you take a moment to think about the sacrifice these men and women made. Maybe you can start researching your own past at the Tyler Craig Memorial Library or attend a lecture or event at the Bob McAbee Exhibit Hall.
So next time you hear “Anchors Away” or “The Wild Blue Yonder” remember that these songs are more than just a catchy tune. They are a reminder of a rich history. “The Marines’ Hymn” is a history lecture in music form. Now go find that geocache while humming your favorite military tune!