Military Appreciation Day at Sparks Museum and Cultural Center

October 10, 2012

On October 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sparks Museum is extending a Thank You to the community who have stood behind our soldiers and to the soldiers themselves. Military Appreciation Day will take place inside and outside of the Museum. In the park behind the Museum children (and adults) will have the opportunity to try out a climbing wall, compare old and new military vehicles and learn how a submarine operates. Inside, the Museum is featuring a special exhibit – A Salute to Our Military. This community exhibit is full of relics and information commemorating the significant role that Washoe County residents have played in U.S. military history. During this event, admission to the Sparks Museum and train in Victorian Square will be free.

In the Museum’s exhibit, visitors learn how, during World War I, Nevada led the nation in the ratio of volunteer enlistments for the regular Army. They also learn about the “Spirit of Sparks,” a B25J bomber purchased by the citizens of Sparks during World War II. A rare 36 star flag, Spanish American War uniforms, a piece of the Berlin Wall, “Iraqi’s Most Wanted” playing cards and an impressive collection of weapons, ranging from a World War I machine gun to an M72 LAW’s and an M18 Claymore Mine, are but a few of the items on display. A sandbag bunker built by the Boy Scouts gives one a real sense of the Vietnam Era. Visitors have the opportunity to feel how heavy the uniforms were by trying on a bullet proof vest and helmet.

The activities in the park, the collection of military vehicles, and the special exhibit were made possible thanks to the Nevada National Guard, the Reno Military Preservation Group, the Veterans of Corvina Base, Twin City Surplus, 1096 Collectibles, the City of Sparks, Boy Scout Troop 441, and over thirty local veterans and their families.

The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center is located just off Interstate 80 at 814 Victorian Avenue, at the corner with Pyramid Way. For more information, call (775) 355 1144.

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