VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana community celebrates the grand opening of what they hope will become a major tourist attraction.
The Indiana Military Museum has been open for months, but the grand opening came complete with generals and even an astronaut.
The project is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best military museum's in the Midwest.
The grand opening of the Indiana Military Museum was such a big deal that they didn't just cut one ribbon, they cut two.
For Judge Jim Osborne, who took a private collection and built a museum, this was a big day.
"It didn't happen overnight," said Osborne. "It feels great to think back in those days that you didn't know where it was going but it kept heading in this directions and actually culminated in something worthwhile."
The Indiana Military Museum is the culmination of a dream, but sometimes the road to this destination was a little bit difficult and that's where so many in the community stepped up.
"We have a fabulous group of volunteers and this couldn't happen without them and it couldn't continue to operate without them," said Osborne.
Now, because of that effort this community has one more piece to add to its catalog of historic tourism sites.
"This is just one more thing that visitors can come here and see," said Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum. "And man it's a great attraction."
An attraction that received an additional boost when retired astronaut Frank Culbertson donated a flight suit and space food to the displays.
"Bring your kids and your grandkids because this will tell them what past generations have done to keep our country safe, to keep it free," said Culbertson. "But also how hard they worked to build this hardware to build this technology to take us into their future and our present."
And it's all on display in southern Indiana.
The Indiana Military Museum is located on 6th Street and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Online: Indiana Military Museum: http://www.inmilitarymuseum.net
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