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Veterans Memorial Museum features items left at Wall That Heals during recent stop in SLO

Posted at 2:14 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 17:14:51-04

The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum in San Luis Obispo opened its doors on Memorial Day to honor all veterans. 

Special displays for Memorial Day included items left by visitors to The Wall That Heals, a traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. that visited San Luis Obispo in late March.

"There’s some unusual things – a 12-pack of beer, a bottle of hot sauce, a bottle of Jack Daniels bourbon," explained Don Mueller, museum docent coordinator. "I mean, these may be unusual to those of us that see them there, but they’re not to the person. They have a meaning to the person who left them."

Also on display were a White Table of Remembrance and a Fallen Soldier Battlefield Cross, which honor service members who remain missing or unaccounted for or those lost in battle, as well as a roster of service people from the Central Coast who lost their lives in Vietnam and a special list of those from San Luis High School. 

The museum, located at 801 Grand Ave., is usually open only Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission into the museum is free.

Docents are always needed. Those interested in volunteering can contact Mueller at (805) 543-1763.