By Conrad Dudderar
“Thank you for your service”
“God bless America”
“Thank you for my freedom”
These are just some of the hundreds of inspirational and patriotic messages written in marker on a new Yukon veterans’ picnic table.
The picnic table now sits in front of the Yukon Veterans Museum, 1010 W Main. Donated by the Yukon Lowe’s store, the table had been signed by customers over the Memorial Day weekend to honor local military veterans.
“We always honor veterans for Memorial Day with a display out front,” said Thomas Buckley of the Yukon Lowe’s store. “The employees here wanted to do something more personal this year.
“So, we decided to get one of our picnic tables and put it out for everybody in the community who came in to sign their name – or sign in honor of somebody who served.”
A sign informed Lowe’s customers that the table would be donated to the veterans.
“We didn’t have to prompt anybody after that,” Buckley said. “People even got on the floor and signed it underneath.
“Many of them signed in honor of their grandfather, or their dad, or their brother, or their husband.”
Many Yukon Veterans Museum visitors who see the table for the first time are struck by this great outpouring of support and appreciation from the Yukon community.
RESPECT AND LOVE
This gift has been a welcome addition at the Yukon Veterans Museum, according to founder and curator Lt. Col. (ret.) Rick Cacini.
“People are very nice to the veterans in Yukon,” Cacini said. “This town respects the veterans and loves the veterans.”
American Legion Post 160 plans to enclose the building’s front area to help showcase the new picnic table, he added.
“This will provide a nice place for the veterans to sit down, visit and play checkers or whatever they like,” Cacini said.
The Yukon Veterans Museum features military artifacts from all U.S. service branches – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marines, National Guard, Navy, and Space Corps.
Regular hours at the Yukon Veterans Museum are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tours are available by appointment outside those hours.
To schedule a private tour or for more information, call Cacini at (405) 517-1901 or Jerry Icenhower at (405) 514-6794.