Veterans Room now open at Mantachie's Bonds House museum
By Sandi P. Beason
MANTACHIE - A room devoted to Itawamba County veterans is now on display in the Bonds House museum.
"The response has been tremendous," said Jo Nell Wood, of the Itawamba Historical Society.
An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sunday at the historical society-owned museum, located just off Highway 371. Wood said the room was completed with donations from area residents and a $500 grant from the Itawamba County Developmental Council.
Kermit McFerrin, historical society member, said one of the artifacts on display in the Civil War portion of the room is a uniform worn by his great-grandfather. Other items on display included a wheel from a Confederate cannon, guns and flags from the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. "It was all either loaned or donated," he said.
"This (room) is the most impressive thing I've ever seen," said Michael Warren, historical society member and commander of the Lt. John Sallis Camp 1776 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans from Tremont. "I've never seen a room like this devoted to the common soldier. ... A lot of this stuff would have been lost if the Itawamba Historical Society hadn't had the forethought to preserve it."
Warren's camp served as the color guard at Sunday's ceremony.
McFerrin said the historical society is seeking records of veterans from Itawamba County and the surrounding areas, from the Civil War to the present. Records should include name, birth date, date of death if applicable, time of service in the armed forces, branch of service, related stories, occupation before and after service and family records such as names of wife, children and grandchildren.
The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and other times by appointment. For more information, call 282-7664.