The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

July 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor 7/14/13



Christa Crabtree


Thank you for the help

Dear Editor:

Our house on Alabama 127 burned at the end of April. We would like to thank everyone who donated and helped us when we needed them most.

We also would like to thank the little boy who donated his last little bit of money to help our family.

Thanks to all of you, and may God bless every one of you.


The Rayborn and Osborn family



Alabama Veterans

Museum in need

Dear Editor:

In reflecting on the Alabama Veterans Museum’s recent Fourth of July activities, it is recognized as a great and wonderful asset for Athens, Limestone County and North Alabama. It was the “2009 Attraction of the Year,” and welcomes 5,000 to 6,000 visitors annually.

Plus, it is more than just a museum. It is truly a living representation of the dedication provided to the United States by all of our citizens, the military services and their war fighters. It also presents a dynamic view of the dramatic sacrifices made by our veterans and their families in defending our country and its freedoms.

The museum is not a warehouse (or mausoleum) built to store only books and printed material (with questionable attendance). The museum has excellent attendance and is a resource that supports the generation of local revenues. It is very well managed, has great changing formats and is viewed by all for its importance and historical significance. 

The museum is a wonderful tribute to the local men and women who have served our country with pride. It provides an excellent presentation of support roles, as well as a view of the violent conditions and voluntarily heroic actions taken in combat situations to protect and save the lives of others. It is a unique treasure, and I can tell you as Vietnam veteran who has visited many such museums, it is the only one that evokes so many of my personal memories and emotions the way the wall in Washington, D.C. does.

What is needed now is $1 million in contributions for an expansion. Through the support of our citizens, the city of Athens and its council, the Limestone County Commission, our state legislative representatives, special interest groups, and local corporate interests (such as Boeing, SAIC, CDC, Lockheed Martin, etc.) who benefit so greatly from military defense contracts, it can be successfully accomplished.  

It is a true focal point for our veterans and it reflects their pride, camaraderie and heroism, and contains so many patriotic memories, which educate hundreds of people. So please donate and/or find the funding necessary to expand the museum as a tribute to our veterans and current freedom fighters.

Let’s help make it more valuable than it is now through our contributions. I am making mine now. Are you? Please contact Sandy at the museum at 256-771-7578.


Ralph Diggins


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