LSU museum calls for military memorabilia

LSU museum calls for military memorabilia

POSTED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 12:53pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 12:55pm

The LSU Military Museum is asking for military memorabilia from LSU alumni or family members of LSU alumni who served in the United States armed forces.

The university, in partnership with Cadets of the Ole War Skule, is finalizing plans for a campaign to raise funds to renovate the Memorial Tower, to house the LSU Military Museum, and for an endowment for military scholarships for ROTC cadets.

"Cadets of the Ole War Skule is pleased to join with the university in bringing the LSU Military Museum to reality," said John Milazzo, president of Cadets of the Ole War Skule. "LSU's rich military history and heritage are certainly worthy of remembering, and the museum will afford the opportunity to showcase much of this history and the personal military experiences of our many dedicated alumni who have served or currently serve in our armed forces."

The museum will be the repository for items reflecting the university's military history and heritage from Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to Gen. Troy H. Middleton, whose collection will be the focal point of the permanent collection.

"LSU is proud of its military heritage, and we are fortunate to see the influence of that legacy on our present-day flagship institution," said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. "The LSU Military Museum will enable us to share the history of our Cadet Corps and distinguished military alumni and pay tribute to alumni who have served and continue to serve in our nation's armed forces, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Memorabilia will be accepted beginning in September and will continue on selected dates thereafter. Requested items include, but are not limited to, uniforms and other clothing, trunks, luggage, maps, books, battle plans, photos, correspondence, plaques, medals, citations, flags, cameras and typewriters.

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 27. For more information, call 225-578-0420 or visit the Ole War Skule website here.

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