Camp Blanding Museum Turns 25

) Rodney Hall, from left; Greg Parsons and Col. Matt Johnson cut a cake for the 25th anniversary of Camp Blanding's Museum and Memorial Gardens.

) Rodney Hall, from left; Greg Parsons and Col. Matt Johnson cut a cake for the 25th anniversary of Camp Blanding’s Museum and Memorial Gardens.

 

 

Camp Blanding Museum held a small ceremony recently marking its 25th anniversary.

Three of the original founders of the museum were on hand for the cake cutting and met with some of today’s Soldiers. . James Bloodworth and. Rodney Hall spoke of the task which was given to them by then Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Robert F. Ensslin, Jr.  The men were both sergeants major at the time and worked with Frank Towers, a WWII veteran and now a volunteer at the museum to get the museum up and running.

The new post commander of Camp Blanding, Col. Matt Johnson was on hand to help cut the cake with. Hall and the current curator Greg Parsons.  Johnson spoke of his love of history and the importance of places like this which helps preserve it.

Hall said, although the concept of the museum was collaborated on by just a few people, the museum belongs to the Soldiers and Airmen of the Florida National Guard because they were the ones who actually used their hands to build it.  He said he would get a phone call from the engineer companies, from both Army and Air National Guard every morning while the museum was being constructed asking him how many hands he would need that day.  He said more than 200 Soldiers and Airmen worked to restore the old building into a museum, which was once used as a guest house on base.

The museum will place items inside an ammo can to be stored away as a time capsule to be opened in 2040.  The Museum is open seven days a week from noon to 4 p.m. base access is not needed and the memorial gardens surrounding the museum are open from sunrise to sunset.

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