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Greene's Vietnam War Museum Gets Statewide Recognition

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The largest Vietnam War museum in the country, based in Greene County, is now getting statewide recognition. Tuesday, the Vietnam War Museum opened its doors for a photo shoot to showcase it as a tourist destination.

Photographers from the Virginia Tourism Corporation snapped still shots of the treasures and artifacts on display.  Every item was donated by Vietnam War veterans. 

A handful of volunteers guided guests and the photographers through the museum in Ruckersville Tuesday morning. Over 30 people came out for the interactive tour. 

Museum curator Craig LaMountain says every item has a story, so they make an effort to walk guests through the exhibit and explain what the items were used for during the war.

"This is a place of teaching and healing.  When Vietnam vets come through here, sometimes they can't walk through that door, but we bring them in here, give them a guided tour and half of them never leave.  You know, they're still walking around talking today.   They all want to be part of it," said LaMountain.  

Volunteers from the Vietnam War Foundation say they hope to expand the museum someday and move it to a more central location for tourists to access.

The Vietnam War Museum is currently open to the public by appointment only. Admission is free.

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